LOVE STREAMS: DP Christopher Doyle on Underwater Love at Tribeca

04/26/2011 5:31 PM |

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The visual conjurer behind Wong Kar Wai’s memory magic, not to mention Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control and Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, has taken the natural next step—shooting a musical entry in Japan’s notorious soft-core pinku eiga genre! The result, Underwater Love (directed by Shinji Imaoka, screening at Tribeca this Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 28, at 11:30 p.m), features dancing fish-factory workers and sex with well-endowed kappas (enchanted turtle people from swamps, of course).

The unstoppable Doyle explained it all in a recent email volley (CAPS or not preserved as originally written).

How did it happen that you’re shooting a pink musical?
SAME WAY EVERY OTHER FILM/LOVE STORY HAS HAPPENED : A FRIEND ASKED ME TO SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER ….AND WE DID . THE PROMISE OF FIVE DAYS OF SEX EVERY SEVEN MINUTES AND MUSIC IN BETWEEN MADE IT FEEL EVEN MORE MY BALL-PARK.

I’m a big fan of the journal you made for Happy Together. What would a page from the journal on Underwater Love look like?
there is one in the works …in the meantime think of buddhist metaphors like the lotus rising out of the swamp ( as i am )

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Gear time: tell us a bit about the camera equipment and techniques you used for Underwater Love.
to me PINKYU films are where DOGME left off : you have to shoot on 35MM FILM , YOU DONT HAVE SYNCH SOUND , IT HAS TO BE SHOT IN A WEEK AND EDITED IN THE COMING WEEK … ONE TAKE ONE SCENE ETC ETC … THE DISCIPLINE OF THE GENRE WAS LIKE A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM : CONTINUITY OF PLACE AND SPACE / TIME ESSENTIAL TO THE INTEGRITY / ENERGY OF THE PIECE

What’s the secret to lighting kappas?
WHAT WATER DOES FOR KAPPAS BEER DOES FOR THE CREW

What’s your favorite musical?
THE SONG OF LIFE THAT IS GENE KELLY’S WIFE PATRICIA