Tezuka's Barbara

Poster Tezuka's Barbara


Color - 100mn - Original version with English subtitles
Drama, Fantasy.
  • 3 September 2020 21:00
    Showroom 500

    In the presence of the actress Minami
  • 9 September 2020 22:00
    Showroom 100

    In the presence of the actress Minami
  • French premiere
Direction: Macoto Tezuka.
Production: Shunsuke Koga, Adam Torel.
Screenplay: Hisako Kurosawa.
Editing: Macoto Tezuka.
Photography: Christopher Doyle, Kubbie Tsoi.
Music by: Ichiko Hashimoto.
With: Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaido, Kiyohiko Shibukawa.

Barbara, a muse to artists, hides her true identity behind the guise of a young alcoholic drop out. Her encounter with Mikura, a tormented successful writer, will turn explosive, dragging him into a creative love spiral on the verge of madness.

Macoto Tezuka, the son of Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy, Message to Adolf) had already approached his genius father's work, notably with the animated series (Black Jack). Here he raises the ante by adapting this amazing manga for adults, first published in 1973, a superb reflection on the workings of inspiration and obsessive love. He faithfully captures the original's erotic and disturbing atmosphere, supported by photography by Christopher Doyle, Wong Kar-wai's long time collaborator. We won't soon forget Fumi Nikaido's (Goodbye Summer, Himizu) wild interpretation, both unsettling and moving, who along with Goro Inagaki, ex-singer of the band SMAP, make up a volcanic pair.