Yama—Attack to Attack

SATO Mitsuo, YAMAOKA Kyochi Japan 110 Min PG13 (Some Mature Content) Singapore Premiere

A raw, resolute look into the extensive labour exploitation at the heart of Japan’s economic ‘miracle’.

A deeply revelatory documentary, Yama—Attack to Attack chronicles the lives of odd-job labourers from the Sanya district of Tokyo. Living day to day, they are subjected to precarious working conditions dictated by the rigged yoseba (day-labour market) system monopolised by the yakuza (organised crime syndicates). Disquieting scenes of abandoned cemeteries and unclaimed ashes trace a continuum of exploitation rooted in Japan’s imperial past.

Timing & Venue

Price

28 November 2021,
Sunday, 9.00pm
Oldham Theatre

$15.00

Closed

All guests must present proof of vaccination (either via TraceTogether or HealthHub app) before entering the halls.

English Title

Yama—Attack to Attack

Original Title

山谷─やられたらやりかえせ

Country

Japan

Year

1985

Runtime

110 Min

Rating

PG13 (Some Mature Content)

Language(s)

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Credits

SATO Mitsuo

SATO Mitsuo was an activist filmmaker involved in student and labour movements. Shortly after filming for Yama—Attack to Attack began in 1984, Sato was murdered by the Nishido gang. 

YAMAOKA Kyochi

YAMAOKA Kyochi was a dedicated yoseba activist. Despite threats to his life, he spearheaded the completion of the film after Sato’s passing. He was murdered by a member of the Kanamachi group in 1986.

Cast & Crew

Cast

Screenwriter

SATO Mitsuo

YAMAOKA Kyoichi

Producer

SATO Mitsuo

Contact

Ken Komi and the “YAMA” Production and Exhibition Committee

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