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CAMPAIGN (2007) - Kazuhiro Soda Season

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Can a candidate with no political experience win an election?

40-year-old, self-employed Kazuhiko 'Yama-san' Yamauchi's peaceful, humdrum life is disturbed when Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) unexpectedly chooses him to run for a vacant seat on the city council in Kawasaki despite having no political experience and no time to prepare for the impending election, a critical vote for the LDP.

This documentary follows his heated campaign, asking timely questions about the nature of democracy.

Also showing as part of our Kazuhiro Soda season - The Big House, Mental, Peace, Inland Sea

  • dir. Kazuhiro Soda

  • year: 2007

  • country: Japan

  • run-time: 120 minutes

Doors 18:45

Film 19:15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

A gripping watch
— Hollywood Reporter
A wry, fly-on-the-wall look at local politics, Japanese style... an insightful, ironic portrait of campaigning at street level
— Variety
Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite
— New York Times
No plot description, can do justice to the subtlety, humour, and enigmatic beauty of this film
— Modern Times