Fantasia International Film Festival 2018: Five Moviemakers Talk Genre Films in Montréal

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Satoshi Miki (Louder! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp!)

On Making a Music Film

In 2005 or 2006, a producer from Korea came to see me and told me he wanted to make a collaborative film between Japan and Korea. There is an island called Tsushima that is very close to mainland Japan, but also about 50 kilometers from South Korea. At the time we joked that if we sing loud enough from Tsushima someone from Busan would hear us. That was the origin of the concept.

We started to think about the music in the spring of 2016. At the time I was thinking about Marilyn Manson, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin. When I was young and a student, I had a band, but I don’t have any talent for music so I quit. I started thinking about how I would like to make a film one day with the rock that I like.

Failing at becoming a rockstar himself, Satoshi Miki incorporated the metal he loved into Louder! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp! Image courtesy of Fantasia Film Festival.

On Screening His Films for Western Audiences

Fantasia is special because they invite films like mine. When we show a film here, people are laughing, so there’s something that’s very equal about the comedy. No matter who you are or who makes the movie, if it’s funny it’s going to be funny. Comedy is a great equalizer in that way.

On His Big-Budget Dream Project

I want to do a story about a team of people who have to clean up the body of a big kaiju. There would be a lot of panic, because when a kaiju dies it would start to decay, and we would have to clean it up very quickly. I want to make a film about the panic that ensues, in the style of Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.

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