Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

i – Documentary of the Journalist (2020)

The director Tatsuya Mori follows journalist Isako Mochizuki with a camcorder while unveiling the state of Japanese news media.

i – Documentary of the Journalist is directed by Tatsuya Mori, the author and filmmaker last seen interrogating disgraced “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi in Fake (2016). With his camcorder and hangdog expression, he trails Mochizuki through the first half of 2019 as she chases some of the stories that have dogged the government in recent years, from the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa to the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.

Time and again, her investigations lead her back to the twice-daily press conferences given by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the administration’s blandly impassive spokesman. Mochizuki’s persistent questioning during these sessions has become the stuff of legend, earning her an official rebuke. In most countries, that would be seen as a badge of honor, but in Japan’s timid media world it’s practically made her a pariah.

i – Documentary of the Journalist is a timely, bracing snapshot of the sorry state of news media in Japan today. Mori isn’t just showing how the sausage gets made. He’s taking you into the slaughterhouse.

James Hadfield, Japan Times

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Film Title : i – Documentary of the Journalist
Language : japani
Director : Tatsuya Mori
Year : 2019
Length : 113
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Tatsuya Mori
Editing : Keita Suzuo
Music : MARTIN
Producer : Mitsunobu Kawamura
Production Company : STAR SANDS, INC.
Title in Original Language : i -新聞記者ドキュメント-

Screenings :
Thu 30.1. at 19.15, Orion, followed by a Q&A with director Tatsuya Mori
Fri 31.1. at 20.00, Maxim 2, followed by a Q&A with director Tatsuya Mori
Sun 2.2. at 12.30, Kinopalatsi 6