Sneak Preview Screening “OYAKO: PRESENT TO THE FUTURE” followed by
a Q&A with director Toshi Inomata, producer Yoshiko Inoue and subject Bruce Osborn
Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm
In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 2014 89 minutes
Directed by: Toshi Inomata
Produced by: Yoshiko Inoue
Film courtesy of Oyako Day Planning Committee
How does a commercial photographer from Los Angeles end up leading a social movement in Japan? Not surprisingly, it wasn’t overnight.
The uplifting documentary “Oyako: Present to the Future” takes us on a 32-year journey through the lens of Bruce Osborn, an exuberant, infectiously creative artist who stumbled upon his lifework in the early 1980s, when he was inspired to shoot a series of portraits of punk-rock musicians with their parents. Bruce was fascinated by the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese “oyako” (parent-child) relationship, and instantly realized that the photos had given him entrée to observe Japanese culture at its most intimate. The revealing and sometimes humorous black-and-white portraits brought an overwhelming response from Japanese families - and thus a movement was born.
Bruce went on to meet and photograph over 4,500 oyako from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds, and to create Oyako Day with his wife Yoshiko in 2003, a would-be national holiday celebrating family bonds. For Bruce, it’s been a way to document the changes in Japanese society; but as “Present to the Future” proves, the photos aren’t just fun to shoot, they have brought estranged families back together again, brought laughter back to Fukushima following the 3/11 disaster, and brought out the best in everyone who has had the thrill of posing.
With appearances that include fashion designer Junko Koshino, alpinist Yuichiro Miura, journalist Shuntaro Torigoe, filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi and superheroes Ultraman Zero and Ultra Seven, as well as historic footage, hundreds of photos and two short dramas casting real-life parents and children, the documentary underscores the Japanese belief that we are not isolated individuals. While everyone seems to have a different opinion about the English translation of “oyako,” Bruce prefers this one: “Oyako is the long, unbroken chain of life – each of us is a link to the past and a bridge to the future.”
Please join us for this sneak preview of “Oyako: Present to the Future” before the film begins its journey to reach the public.
For more on the film: http://www.oyako.org/jp/top.html
Director TOSHI INOMATA started his career as a TV commercial director, and has directed spots for JAL, Kincho, Toyota, Kosé, Bourbon and the Visit Japan Campaign. He first worked with Bruce Osborn on the TV ads “Lulu” and “Hitachi,” which won awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He expanded his field of work to PVs, TV programs, films, and more. He is currently directing such documentary programs as “Yonimo Kimyo na Monogatari” (Fuji TV), the “Forbidden Kyoto” series (NHK), “Machi Densetsu Harajuku” (WOWOW), “Samurai on Horseback: Soma no Umaoi” (BS11) and “Modern Horror Special: Tomie” (Kansai TV).
Producer YOSHIKO INOUE is the president of Ozone Inc., which manages Bruce Osborn's commercial photography, exhibitions and publications. In addition, she is the planner and producer for Oyako Day, which she originated with Bruce in 2003. The event is held on the first Sunday of July and was recently declared an Official Day in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Yoshiko and Bruce have been married for over 35 years and are the proud parents of two daughters.
Photographer and longtime FCCJ member BRUCE OSBORN began his photographic career working for the music industry in Los Angeles, before moving permanently to Japan in 1980. He has worked for a wide range of international and Japanese clients and publications, shot celebrities from all walks of life, received awards and widespread acclaim for his work in print and TV advertising, exhibited in dozens of shows and published several photo books. His lifelong project is his oyako portrait series, which continues to expand.
Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below.You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.
Karen Severns, Movie Committee