Portrait of a Young Samurai

2 channel HD video installation
duration of video: 9min40sec 


I wrote a typically sentimental scene; a scene where a young Kamikaze fighter saying good-bye to his parents. I hired a young actor to play the scene. While shooting, I repeatedly demanded him to “express more Samurai spirit”, again and again, no matter how well he plays the character, until we reach the moment where the scene starts to express the emotion from unexpected direction.

In the past five years in Japan, we started to see more and more overly sentimental war films made. They all have very clear and vulgar nationalistic messages in it. The scene I wrote was directly inspired by those films.

This work is presented in numerous exhibition internationally, including Media City Seoul, 2010.




Profundidad de campo

17 Jan - 10 Mar, 2019

Matadero Madrid | Madrid, Spain




Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence

21 Mar - 7 Jun, 2015

Arts Maebashi | Gunma, Japan



Future Generation Art Prize

1 Jun - 1 Sep, 2013

Palazzo Contarini Polignac | Venice, Italy



Art Scope 2009-2011 : Invisible Memories

20 Sep - 11 Oct, 2011

Hara Museum | Tokyo, Japan



Media City Seoul 2010

7 Sep - 17 Nov, 2010

The 6th Seoul International Biennale of Media Art | Seoul, South Korea