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Kazuhiro Soda explains he hopes the cinema vérité style of the Peabody award-winning Campaign will engage viewers in the story of Kazuhiko "Yama-san" Yamauchi.


This is democracy — Japanese style: the story of a man plucked from obscurity by the ruling political party to run for a critical city council seat.

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Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda asks Kazuhiko Yamauchi about his new career in politics.

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City Councilman Kazuhiko Yamauchi talks about how he was a complete amateur at the start of his campaign.

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Japanese city council candidate Kazuhiko Yamauchi muses on the future of his political career.

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Japanese city council candidate Kazuhiko Yamauchi explains how he was interested in politics from an early age.

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Japanese city council candidate Yamauchi says his wife continues to pursue her career.

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City council candidate Yamauchi receives the support of the Japanese prime minister.

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City council candidate Yamauchi campaigns by repeating his name over and over again on a bullhorn.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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Campaign (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 29, 2008

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Kazuhiro Soda Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Kazuhiro Soda
Kazuhiro Soda

When I was shooting Campaign I wanted to be as invisible as possible. I wanted to be a fly on the wall.”

— Kazuhiro Soda, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema vérité.”

&mdash A.O. Scott
The New York Times

First feature docu by Gotham-based filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda is a wry, fly-on-the-wall look at local politics, Japanese style — and in particular, the mighty machine of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The result is an insightful, ironic portrait of campaigning at street level.”

&mdash Derek Elley

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