I Are You, You Am Me (aka Exchange Student)

I Are You, You Am Me (aka Exchange Student)

転校生 (Tenkousei)
Saturday, November 21, 2015

I Are You, You Am Me (aka Exchange Student) © NTVTOHO.

Nobuhiko Obayashi in attendance
Two adolescent classmates, the girl Kazumi and the boy Kazuo, tumble down some stairs and find they've switched bodies. This results in pubescent comic confusion and serious pronoun trouble, but Obayashi colors the gender confusion with a tinge of autobiographical nostalgia, not only filming in his hometown of Onomichi, but also framing the story through B&W 8mm film. When a character can say "I are you," then perhaps saying goodbye to another becomes a farewell to oneself, framed by the lens of an old home movie camera. The film was so crucial to his filmography that Obayashi remade it in 2007.
1982, 112 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Toshinori Omi, Satomi Kobayashi, Makoto Sato. Print courtesy of Kawakita Memorial Film Institute.

Part of Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective.

Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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