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"We launched a magazine called 'Film Critique.' While we were working on the    
magazine, a 19-year-old man committed a series of murders, but his motives were 
unknown. Usually young people who are angry at society are drawn to political   
activism or ordinary crime. But he didn't use drugs, nor did he become a        
Yakuza. We wondered why he committed such a crime, and we decided to do some    
research on it for a film. We went location-hunting, starting from where        
Nagayama Norio was born to the place where he was arrested. We were also        
scouting to find ideas for a screenplay. But what kind of screenplay? What kind 
of film? Visiting all the places he had lived, we realized that he had really   
tried to live honestly, but something wouldn't let him. But what? As expected   
he was extremely poor. He couldn't afford to eat, he and his siblings often     
starved. But this wasn't the reason for his crime. Visiting all these places,   
we became aware of something. All over Japan, from the countryside to the       
metropolis of Tokyo, there are motorways and high rises built in cities; small  
towns everywhere are being transformed into reproductions of Tokyo. Nagayama    
travelled Japan, trying his hand at different jobs, always in this suffocating  
situation surrounded by concrete walls. In the end he didn't know what to do.   
He snuck into an American military base, stole a gun. And ended up losing it,   
pulling the trigger. We asked ourseleves what kind of film we could make from   
this, and all agreed that a story was unnecessary. We decided to film how this  
country and its magnificent landscapes oppresses people. We just started        
filming without thinking of story or composition. And soon we realized how the  
landscape reflected the image of power in society. We wanted to show how this   
power takes the shape of the urban landscape, so we filmed, discarding          
unnecessary images, and this idea became very clear. Actually, at first we      
intended to include a story as well. But we decided to drop the idea, because   
the landscape images were enough. That's how we made 'A.K.A. Serial Killer,' a  
film inspired by the theory of landscape."                                      
                                                                                
                                    https://piratecinema.org/trailers/s07e18.mp4
                                                                                
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                                                                          Sunday
                                                                       October 7
                                                                       from 8 pm
                                                                                
                                                            A.K.A. Serial Killer
                                                                    Masao Adachi
                                                                    1969, 82 min
                                                                                
                                                                   A.K.A. Jihadi
                                                                 Eric Baudelaire
                                                                   2017, 102 min
                                                                                
                                                            Pirate Cinema Berlin
                                                                U Kottbusser Tor
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