Winter in Narita (1970)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues  |   Run Time - 141 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

In the second installment in Ogawa Shinsuke's Narita series about the construction of the Tokyo International Airport in spite of community protests, the New Tokyo International Airport Corporation began using bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment to clear the land, until the farmers stood in front of the machines. As the riot police moved in to make arrests, the farmers got up to speak about their attachment to their land, their regrets, and the splitting of villages and families into pro and anti-airport factions. In spite of this, the farmers refused to budge from in front of the bulldozers, while a communal spirit grows among the individual protesters. This was Ogawa's first color film, and it shows the beginnings of a true connection with the farmers (as opposed to the student protesters) that would later mark his oeuvre.