Bakuon Film Festival 2013

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Bakuon Film Festival 2013

Tokyo's noisiest film festival returns at the start of the summer for another fortnight of 'explosions of sound'. Bakuon Film Festival started six years ago, with a simple concept: whatever the film, it had to be loud, and it had to sound good. With towering speaker stacks lending an added whallop to each screening, it isn't for the faint-hearted – and that's before you factor in special events like the live soundtracked showing of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu on June 3, courtesy of psychedelic guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto. The program includes some predictably in-yer-face offerings (Natural Born Killers, Carrie, Scanners), though also more low-key entries like Ben Rivers' Two Years at Sea and Nicholas Ray's lost experimental feature, We Can't Go Home Again. There's also a special section devoted to Michael Cimino, the cinematic auteur whose career bloomed with The Deer Hunter and then imploded with Heaven's Gate.

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