Touching the Skin of Eeriness
(Bukimi na mono no hada ni sawaru)

Ryusuke Hamaguchi in Conversation with Alexander Zahlten
Director in Person
$12 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
With Hoshi Ishida, Aoba Kawai, Ayumi Mizukoshi.
Japan, 2013, DCP, color, 54 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.
DCP source: filmmaker

Touching the Skin of Eeriness (Bukimi na mono no hada ni sawaru) introduction and post-screening discussion with Haden Guest, Ryusuke Hamaguchi (with translator by Kimberly Sanders) and Alexander Zahlten. ©Harvard Film Archive

A haunting study of loneliness gradually gives way to a dark mystery in Hamaguchi’s unusual and beautifully acted Touching the Skin of Eeriness. After his father’s death, the reclusive Chihiro goes to live with his older half-brother brother and channels his unspoken feelings into his one passion, modern dancing. Chihiro’s relationship with his dance partner grows increasingly strange, mirroring the dances invented by their intense teacher, played by renowned dancer and choreographer Osamu Jareo.

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