Wargames

Wargames

Synopsis

Wargames is a neatly balanced cine-poem on violence and innocence and a quietly observed soliloquy on freedom. The portrait of children enacting the creation and breakdown of a community captures Richies’ charming persona and endearing view of the world yet unearths some deeply felt loathing for humanity and its history. Tatsumi Hijikata, one of the originator of the (in)famous dance form butoh, assisted Richie in production and the result is a masterpiece in visual poetry that is a treasure to behold.

Technical Specs

Director: Donald Richie
Year: 1962
Country: Japan
Language: Silent
Duration: 16 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: E