CJS Film Series - The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan—Summer in Sanrizuka
Directed by Shinsuke Ogawa | 108min | 16mm
In 1968, Ogawa decided to form Ogawa Productions and locate it at the newly announced construction site of Narita International Airport in a district called Sanrizuka. Ogawa chose to locate his company in the most radical of the villages, Heta. Some farmers immediately sold their land; others vehemently protested, and drew the support of social movements across the country. Together they clashed with riot police sent in to protect surveyors, who were plotting out the airport. Summer in Sanrizuka is a messy film, but its chaos communicates the passions and actions on the ground.