Featured interviews with long-time Sukita admirirers Jim Jarmusch, Paul Smith and Christopher Thomas
Masayoshi Sukita has spent his life photographing many of the world’s leading musicians and earning their deep trust for his ability to capture them beautifully and honestly. This documentary talks to a host of luminary artists, creators and musicians, young and old alike, who have harbor deep admiration for the Sukita the person and his work including Christopher Thomas, producer for The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen, film director Jim Jarmusch, and global fashion designer, Paul Smith in addition to luminary Japanese artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, recent Golden Globe nominee for The Revenant, and Tomoyasu Hotei who wrote the main theme for the Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill. The immense range of Sukita’s body of work from advertising to fashion and film reveals a passionate man constantly at the forefront of his field and never stops evolving.
A personal trip to England leads to photo sessions with T-REX and David Bowie!
Sukita made his way to England on his own with a desire to photograph T-REX, and surprisingly gained a photo session after showing his portfolio around. Meanwhile, he was intrigued by a poster he saw of an up-and-coming musician named David Bowie and offered to photograph him as well. That marked the start of a long and illustrious global career for Sukita.
The one man David Bowie allowed into his private life with a camera.
David Bowie’s fascination with Japan led to a private trip to Kyoto documented by Sukita and culminating in a famous photo session. Their relationship evolve into a lifelong friendship.
The only photo book of movie stills from a Jim Jarmusch movie
When film director, Jim Jarmusch, asked Sukita to do the publicity stills for his movie, Mystery Train, he had the actors redo each scene after shooting to give Sukita free reign in his photography, resulting in such beautiful work that Jarmusch published a a photoessay of stills from the movie. It was the only film of his for which he ever did this, citing “I don’t think this can ever be topped.”
A Sukita photo launches the career of HOTEI (Kill Bill main theme writer)
Tomoyasu Hotei says he first took up the guitar after being inspired by Sukita’s famous photo of Mark Bolan of T-REX hanging in a music shop. From there, Hotei would go on to become a world-class guitarist guest jamming with the Rolling Stones and writing the main theme for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.
- Masayoshi Sukita (鋤田正義), Chris Thomas, Jim Jarmusch, Sir Paul Smith, Haruomi Hosono (細野晴臣), Sakamoto Ryuichi (坂本龍一), Yukihiro Takahashi (高橋幸宏), Hirokazu Koreeda (是枝裕和), HOTEI (布袋寅泰), Masatoshi Nagase (永瀬正敏), MIYAVI, Lily Franky (リリー・フランキー) and more.
- Hiro Aihara (相原裕美)
- Japan release
- May 19, 2018
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:1.85 / Digital / 5.1ch