Tuesday 29 December 2020

Man in a Zen Ambulance


Crime and dark comedy in the Atomic Age 

Everyone is getting out of town. Teddy Boy yakuza fight it out with the Shoho girl gang while a Rita Hayworth film plays at the deserted cinema. The local temple being pulled down. A mean old lady wanders the streets with a mysterious shopping bag as a young barber gets his kicks out of a hand-held King Tut Multi-Speed. Out in the scrublands a nun tries to free a wartime bomber sticking out the side of a gigantic Buddhist statue. And don’t even mention those goddamn chimps doin’ that Elvis thing of theirs...

Enter Milo the Monk armed with a big gun trying to figure who exactly he’s meant to kill. The Colonel orders Luther and his bad-arsed girlfriend to take him out first. Then all hell breaks loose. Murder and mayhem as Milo, the yakuza, Luther, Rei and the Colonel all head into town for the final bloody showdown. 

The amazing work of Fred H

Fred Herzog immigrated from Germany to Canada in ’52. Fred hooked up with a medical photographer called Marincowitz and taught himself how to take a picture. Camera in hand, he travelled from Vancouver to San Francisco. 

Fred captured street life in the 1950s and 60s. ‘He used colour, to get over the way he saw the city and the way he wanted others to see it.’

There's something I really love about his work. We're in a time machine and taken back to a moment on a street corner. 

It's kind of humble and insightful at the same time.

What he gives us... an amazing sort beauty in the ordinary. 


Cairo 1961

Louis plays to Lucille