Arakimentari (2004)

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Nobuyoshi Araki is Japan's most famous and notorious photographer. In a culture where complete female nudity is frowned upon even in men's magazines, Araki has been acclaimed and condemned for his photo books and exhibitions which usually focus upon women, usually nude and often in bold (and sometimes disturbing) poses. While he has been decried as a pornographer and a misogynist in his homeland, many others regard him as singular voice in the photographic arena, and many of the women who work with him have spoke of his sincere love and respect for them. Arakimentari is a film by American documentarian Travis Klose which offers a look at the professional and personal sides of Araki, including his background, his relationships with his models, his less well known portraiture and landscape work, and how he spends his spare time. Also included are interviews with several friends and contemporaries, including musician Björk, photographer Richard Kern, and actor/filmmaker Takeshi Kitano.

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Uncritical as the movie is, it's a pity no one's hip to the possibility that he's endlessly repeating his greatest work of the 1980s.

Jan 25, 2005 | Full Review…

It would have helped if Araki's critics had more of a say.

Jan 21, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Offers a fast, efficient and richly satisfying look at an iconoclastic artist and his groundbreaking work.

Jan 20, 2005 | Full Review…
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More of a sketch than a fully developed portrait, Arakimentari is an up-close and generally impersonal introduction to the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

Jan 20, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Klose brilliantly captures Araki's spirit, both through his personality and his work.

Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If Araki is a genius, you get the sense that somewhat might ought to explain why.

Apr 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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