We held a press conference at Japan Press Club in Tokyo on 30th of May 2019 to demand stop publicize the film “Shusenjo.” At the beginning, Professor Fujioka read the joint statement then I and Yumiko Yamamoto followed to explain what the problem is and which parts are violating our agreement and Japanese law.
House of Representatives Mio Sugita has not signed the agreements we issued at the press conference because she, as a public servant, has no Portrait Rights protected.
I received a phone call reporting me that the person in charge of the distributor for this film called “ToFoo” was watching our press-conference. After or during the conference, Mr. Dezaki posted a short video clip to express his excuses or justifications.
Red Letters are what Mr. Dezaki is talking in the short clip which he released during or after our press conference.
After or during watching our press conference on 30th of May, talking about the film “Shusenjo,” Mikine Dezaki posted a video on YouTube channel of “Shusenjo” to justify his outlaw activities. He cowardly disabled the comment section of his video. Why does he need to fear the opposition? If he is the one fearing opposition, he should not be involved in the issue.
While he enjoys the freedom of expression, he suppresses other people’s freedom. This is how this coward always behaves.
Dezaki: “They said all of these things in the film of their volition”
The issue is not whether the things we talked about in the film is from our volition or not but whether the talks are properly used along with the context or intentionally misused.
Dezaki: “If the film is good enough, It had the possibility (of) being shown at the film festivals or publicly released” We have no problem that Mr. Dezaki entry the film festivals or publicize the film. However the issue is, he did not keep his words. Also, none of us have heard that the film is used for commercial purpose. If it is going to be used for commercial, none of us would agree at the beginning. At least, myself, Mr. Kent Gilbert and Prof. Fujioka have agree with this opinion.
Mr. Kent Gilbert and Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai are well known celebrities in Japan. If the distributor wants them to be a face of the film, or ask for advertisement of the film, the contract fee would be tens of millions of Yen, possibly be over hundred million Yen if put together. No one from our group heard it would be for commercial use. “Show at the film festival” or “publicly released” does not mean it is commercial use.
Dezaki: “….and isn’t out of ordinary for a graduate project or thesis to be published commercially as an academic journal or a book.”
Again Dezaki is shifting the core narratives to the unrelated issue, trying to escape from his responsibility as a fully grown man.
Dezaki: ”If the film is good enough I may present it at the film festivals or public showings”
Once again, there is no word “commercial use” anywhere on any of the related documents. The connotation of the word “publicize” does not include to “publicize upon charge.” If it is literally “want to be viewed by more people,” he will get more viewers if he posts it on YouTube and without a fee. What he is saying totally contradicts what he is explained in this video.
Dezaki: “Every person I interviewed signed a film release form that mentioned public release in its stipulations.
Again and again, there is no word that the film will be used ”for commercial purpose.”
Dezaki: “Prior to showing the film at the Busan International film festival in October of 2018, I sent every interviewee an email letting them know that the film would be premiering there”
Dezaki promised us to show finished documentary before presenting it to the public, and if I think he misrepresented me or took my words out of context, he mentioned that he would be willing to put a message at the end of the film expressing my dissatisfaction.
However, the finished documentary was not shown to any of us and all of sudden we received an email stating that the film would be publicized at the Busan film festival which obviously braking one of the condition stipulated in the “Agreement” but not “Film release form” which he mentioned in this selfish justification.
Whatever excuse he makes, the issue is, he is nothing but a liar, he broke a promise.
Dezaki： “I got this nice email from Mr, Fujiki saying; Thank you for your update about your film and Congratulations”
This is a courtesy as an adult because a University student set an objective and archived it, it is quite normal to say “Congratulations” if the person is a civilized adult. So I sent an email to congratulate him for his achievement. However, even at this point, he did not show us the completed film. So I wrote ”Congratulations” without seeing his film just as a courtesy.
I spoke with Mr. Kent and Prof. Fujioka about this part of his excuse who also sent a similar email to Mr. Dezaki, all of them said the same reason why I congratulate him.
Dezaki： “As you can see that they know that the film is publicly released and they are actually enthusiastic about it”
Even at this point, none of us have seen the completed film but did not doubt his words which he said: “the film is first and foremost an academic project that requires a high level of academic integrity and in the middle of the road.”