Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual filmmaker born and raised in Japan. The daughter of American missionary parents, she attended Japanese public schools and graduated from Yale University. She has directed and produced five feature-length films about art and the relationship between Japan and the United States. She has also subtitled 250 Japanese films, including Seven Samurai by Kurosawa, Spirited Away by Miyazaki and Battle Royale by Fukasaku. She has translated Kabuki performed at Lincoln Center and essays by Issei Miyake, Ishiuchi Miyako, Tomatsu Shomei, Yokoo Tadanori, Kirino Natsuo, Moriyama Daido, Takashi Murakami, Ando Tadao and other renowned artists and writers. She resides in Brooklyn, NY. Filmography: Wings of Defeat (2007) A film about four Kamikaze pilots who survived World War II who tell the truth about a military regime that could not accept defeat. ANPO: Art X War (2010) A film about the 1960 democratic uprising in opposition to U.S. military bases in Japan, told through a treasure trove of art. Things Left Behind (2012) A film exploring the power of Ishiuchi Miyako’s hiroshima photographs, of garments once worn by those who perished in the atomic bomb. The Wound and The Gift (2014) A film about rescued animals told through an ancient Japanese fable. Edo Avant Garde (2019) A film that reveals the untold story of how Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603~18668) invented “modern art.”
Hamaya Hiroshi’s Composition of December 1953 becomes a marker of US occupation and the climate of post-war Japan.