31 May 2010

Hayaku: A time lapse journey through Japan.

Hayaku means Hurry Up in Japanese but we suspect that once you take a look at this stunning time lapse film of Japan you will want to go, make yourself a cup of tea and soak this in again and again.

Created by film-maker Brad Kremer this works on so many levels but is in essence a homage to the country.

It was shot around many locations through Japan during the summer of 2009 and as well as taking in the more typical subjects of Japanese time lapse, the bustling cities and their throngs he takes us to the majestic countryside to watch the sun rise and set. See for yourself whether you agree that it captures the country in its duality of tranquility and inexorable momentum.

If you are Japanese or know the country you will spot Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Ishizushisan among other places.  In essence the film is a declaration of love to Japan. 

This seven minutes of filmic heaven captures the essence of the many faces of Japan.  The film is the beginning of a much larger project planned by Kremer, who directs, shoots and edits his films.  This is a preview of what is to come, as it were.  All we can say is... Wow! What a preview!