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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Arakimentari

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2005
Village Voice
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It would have helped if Araki's critics had more of a say.

January 21, 2005
New York Post
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Offers a fast, efficient and richly satisfying look at an iconoclastic artist and his groundbreaking work.

Full Review… | January 20, 2005
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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.

January 20, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Arakimentari


Nobuyoshi Araki is a robust man, a talent; he's the gynecologist of Japanese photography, living the dream according to the fantasies of many men, with his speciality occupation of capturing female erotica. His specialties include: bondage, and anything else related into turning flesh into a bouquet, trinket or object of diminutive glossy magazine soft core. His madness is calculated, his kinetic zest for playful role play--inspiring. He's carved a niche in the world of kink, and expanded the taboo to far beyond the definition of its yesteryear. This documentary is great if you like photography and/or like to look at varieties of naked Japanese women.

Sabra Embury
Sabra Embury

amusing little doc about a funny little man who takes A LOT of photos which just happen to be pretty terrific. some interesting commentary from takeshi kitano and richard kern, some meaningless prattle from björk, and lots of face time with the constantly excited man of the hour, nobuyoshi araki. though, if you can't deal with photos of women in bondage you may as well not watch this. this guy shoots as much porn as he does art and more often than not the line between the two is very blurry.

Gregory Collins
Gregory Collins

(***): [img][/img] Fascinating documentary that surely deserves a NC-17 for its showing of many of the artist/photographer's photos. I never heard about him before but his art is surely unique and I liked this portrait of him.


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