Videophobia (2019)


Dir. Daisuke Miyazaki | Japan | Drama, Mystery | 89 mins | Japanese with English subtitles  Koreatown, cyber-sex, and an 8mm camera that rattles. Director Daisuke Miyazaki’s fourth feature offers a highly-stylised film that explores the permanence of digital data in our reality and the profound impact that it has on our lives and identities. Many of us hide behind a facade online, but what happens when that layer of protection gets removed? A young Korean-Japanese woman must learn to navigate that as the unwitting star of a sex tape. Shot in high-contrast black-and-white, the crisp images only serve to highlight the shadows cast by the fractures in Japanese society and the hypocritical nature of victim shaming. Videophobia is an exercise in paranoia, of watching and being watched, and the extremes one will go to escape that oppressive gaze. Films are available for purchase from 30 September 2020, 12:00P.M. to 1 November 2020, 7:00P.M. Films will be available for viewing from 23 October 2020, 7:00P.M. Once the ‘Play’ button is clicked, the viewer has up to 48 hours to complete the purchased film. Viewers are advised to complete watching the entirety of their purchased films before 1 November 2020, 11:59P.M., as no refunds will be made for incomplete viewings.