Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (パプリカ) was first released on November 25, 2006, in Japan.
At the end of the film, when Kogawa Toshimi finally goes to the movies, the camera slowly scrolls over some of the movie posters, the most visible are for Satoshi Kon’s previous three movies: Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress (2001), and Tokyo Godfathers (2003). (IMDb)
The thoughts that Yuzuru Hanyu put into his new exhibition programme ‘Requiem of Heaven and Earth’, written by Oriyama Toshimi in Sportiva (translated by me):
13 July 2015
On Ice Kobe July 4. Not for one moment could I take my eyes off Yuzuru
Hanyu skating in the midst of quiet piano sounds.
Heaven and Earth’, the new exhibition programme that started in Kanazawa
the week before. Shock, anger at the heavens, hopelessness and
helplessness fell upon him. Feelings that are rampaging in his heart to
the point of insanity surged out from every part of his body as he
For Hanyu who had been thinking of creating a programme
that would express his thoughts on the Great East Japan earthquake, his
encounter with “Great East Japan Earthquake Requiem, 3 · 11 ” that
Yasunobu Matsuo composed was striking. He decided to skate to it after
listening to it just once. And when he started skating it, he felt
like something was coming down upon him inside.
The programme was created in early June. Hanyu said,
“Up to now, I have been doing many different programmes but I think I
am not very good at conveying a message. Sometimes, some teachers would
tell me, 'You are entering too much into yourself. Try to direct your
awareness more to the outside.’ But for this new exhibition
programme, I will put into the performance my experience and my feelings
at that time, just as they are. I want to totally enter into myself,
putting into that world my body and my emotions, and merging everything
together as I skate.”
Hanyu also said that it is difficult to
express because it is a piano piece with no lyrics. Moreover, being
that kind of music, what people on the receiving end get may be different from
one’s own thoughts.
“Choreographer Kenji Miyamoto-sensei makes
it more concrete by saying "do it with this image”. But he doesn’t
mean 'I want you to just take and accept’. An ice show is alive;
the image that you make there happens only for that one time. So, for
the people watching, the feelings at that time, the scenes that floated
in, the thoughts that came to mind, I hope they can treasure it and
keep it in their memory, even if just a bit.“
Great East Japan Earthquake is a very personal thing. It is not about
pushing those feelings onto other people. He just wants to present
his own thoughts.
3 minutes and 27 seconds of skating that was
full of tension, Hanyu created a period so dense that there was no space
to clap, cheer nor even take a breath to exclaim.
At the end, 2
rows of flowers were projected on the ice. Hanyu quietly quelled his
blazing emotions and ended the performance.
A programme that is
loaded with thoughts of the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is of great
significance that Hanyu performed it in Kobe, I felt. Because Kobe is
the land that recovered from the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
After the show, Hanyu was handed a mic.
"I am happy that I could perform ‘Requiem of Heaven and Earth: 3.11′
here in Kobe. Rather than saying that it has recovered, Kobe has been
built anew to become such a great city. To be able to skate in front of
everyone like this, I am really very happy. The other day I visited Fukushima, it is still not recovered.
Not only the Tohoku region but also Ibaraki and Chiba were affected by
the disasters. I would like to ask you not to forget these areas and for
your continuous support to them too.”
After saying this, he
lowered the mic, and used his real voice to say his words of gratitude,
“arigato gozaimashita!”, and then he left the rink.
One week later, at 'Aore Nagaoka’, even though he was in a state of
accumulated fatigue, he volunteered to perform 'Requiem of Heaven and
Earth’ at the 2nd show. Again, Niigata is the land that suffered great damage
in the 2004 Chuetsu Earthquake.
His thoughts of the earthquake
that were kept in his mind, he has now expressed them as his own work. Hanyu
has once again made a new step out.