ICAへは映画を見に行く事が多い。ICAでは、インディペンデント系や外国映画を上映していて、日本映画もよくやっている。最近ではさくらんや東京ソナタ、また今日終了した国際交流基金（The Japan Foundation）の企画した「Reality Fiction: Japanese Films Inspired by Actual Events」では、実際の出来事に触発された新旧の日本映画６点が上映された。日本映画は、通常の映画館ではあまりやっていないのでありがたい。しかし、最近の日本映画は、映像的にはきれいだけれど、５０、６０年代のような、社会問題に切り込んだ迫力のある作品がなく、少し物足りないなと思う。日本の映画黄金時代の作品は、時折、BFI Southbankで、黒澤明や小津安二郎、大島渚、今村昌平等の大監督の作品を上映している。
I had several chances to go to ICA recently. Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), located near Trafalgar Square and Backingham Palace, is a small cultural complex containing modern art gallery, cinema, book store, and bar. ICA has a variety of cultural activities such as talk show, live, and club night.
I sometimes go to see a movie to ICA. ICA cinema with 2 screens shows independent, art-house, and foreign movies, including Japanese movies. Recently, I saw Sakuran, Tokyo Sonata, and some of the ‘Reality Fiction: Japanese Films Inspired by Actual Events‘ series organized by the Japan Foundation. Recent Japanese movies are well shot and atomospheric, but don’t have much impact nor analyze social problems, like Japanese movies in 50’s and 60’s. You can see movies in the golden times at BFI Southbank, such as Kurosawa, Ozu, Nagisa Oshima, or Shohei Imamura etc.
At the gallery, first solo exhibition in a British institution of the American Artist Sean Snyder, ‘Sean Snyder, Index‘, just opened. The exhibition includes video installation and photos, documented the daily life from the Cold War to the Iraq War. The video installation about the village museum in Ukraine, filmed by Soviet Union, was fascinating, but the other works are something we have seen already, and have less significant, to my eyes.