Run time：97 min
Release Date：2011 / 12 / 2
Makoto Aida infuses his perverse sense of imagination with technical brillliance to produce bold and daring statements. He turns to drawing photography, sculpture, installations, novels and cartoons as various forms in which to explore his creative impulses.
Are you familiar with the giantic piece entitled "Giant Member Fuji VS King Gidora," inspired as much by manga as it was by Hokusai's wood block prints? Maybe you have come across the "Seppuku School Girls," female students who commit seppuku on the roadside, laughing all the while.
For his radical logic, he gained the reputation as a "Creator to be handled with care." In critical discussions of his work, the terms "vulgar" and "weird" are commonly used.
Despite his notoriety, he was one of the few artists chosen to represent Japan at the "Yokohama Triennial," an international assembly of contemporary artists in 2001. Subsequently, he was invited to Sao Paulo and Seoul to hold exhibitions and since then his popularity in the international art world has only increased. His artistic vision has expanded the framework of modern art and we can expect many more contributions to come.
"Near Equal Aida Makoto" focuses on Aida dotingly working on the "People Project." Another segment documents the resurrection of his piece "Shinjuku Palace" in Paris (it was first exhibited in the show "Coloriage" curated by Takashi Murakami but was removed due to complaints by the Tokyo Cleaning Bureau).
While documenting his artistic achievements, this documentary, put together from than 200-minutes of footage, catches glimpses of his private life--among them, scenes from his wedding and the birth of his first-born son. The narrative is carried along by commentaries centered around the question "What is the function of art?." In examining this timeless question, we get closer to completing the picture of the artist.
Makoto Aida! You're on fire!