shinji somai really gets it
made for an obviously great pairing with heta village. really enjoyed how this established the centrality of kashima’s manufacturing industry and the failure of the peasant/left movement before juxtaposing it to the success of narita’s resistance to japans burgeoning logistics industry.
the focus on giri / gifting was interesting. while I was initially put off by what seemed to be a simplistic “look at the crazy stuff they do in the japanese countryside.” it ultimately seemed to rather function as an example of the ways in which pre-capitalist rituals become subsumed and spread across different stratifications of society into technologies of debt.
good movie 👍