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GFP Film Culture

GFP Bunny

Japan, 2012 | Yutaka Tsuchiya
Ruben Demasure checks in from Ghent to report on GFP Bunny, and finds the Japanese film packed with wild ideas on our world under surveillance, body modification and genetic engineering, reflecting a mutating film culture.

The cliché of yet another movie blending fiction and documentary is too easy for GFP Bunny's wacky mix of (anti-slow) video diary, live webcasts, Google Street View itineraries, expert and street interviews, ... This hybrid film reconstructs the true story of the 'Thallium girl', who attempted to poison her mother in one of her experiments with the substance which she is named after. She sets up biology and medical experiments, continuously recording and uploading her surroundings with a camera phone. (The camera phone footage of the fictional girl's experiments can actually be found on the YouTube channel of her avatar 'krausecorpuscle'.) Most parts of the girl's vlog voice over are taken from the Thallium girl's actual blog diary, that can still be accessed online. But this story is only the center of a film packed with wild ideas on our world under surveillance, body modification and genetic engineering. Through a genetic chain of associations, I want to reflect on how the movie itself is also a laboratory of a mutating film culture.

The film, which marks the return of 2004 Tiger Award winner Tsuchiya Yutaka after seven years of silence, opens with a journey starting from the recording of a scene with a cell phone, immediately followed by the playback of the little movie online and then an extreme zoom out to a spinning globe: the other sides of the world, connected through the changing global online producing and viewing practices. The repeated inserts of the online films-in-the-film getting clicked and played mimicked my own position watching the movie via an online stream on the IFFR platform...

Click. Play.

"There's no such thing as a story. There is no story to tell unless you give me one." (The girl)

The film's title refers to Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) used to create see-trough animals to study their organs. In 2000, a genetically manipulated rabbit was created that glows green under a certain light. Just like with film, we only see what is illuminated and reflected by the light and get a see-trough illusion on a surface. (Perhaps the illusion becomes complete with the use of green surfaces for green keying.)

I believe that through the girl's obsessive recordings of her experiments with her camera phone, the film connects the scientific origin of the medium with the moving image's current practices. Therefore, for me, GFP Bunny reverberated with the Green Fluorescent Plate displaying the title letters of a different movie from the other side of the world, Holy Motors. Leos Carax's film in turn is another metafiction about another body artist contemplating the mutating medium. It ties Jules-Etienne Marey's use of film for science purposes to CGI and the future of the moving image. Similar to the spheres of GFP Bunny, Holy Motors also works via a bio-spiritual reference. Mr. Oscar is called "ectoplasm on wheels", referring to the outer layer of cells but also a material by which ghosts can take shape in visible bodies. GFP Bunny's content (including microscopic footage of cell injections) further penetrates those cells: virtual avatars adopt, cultivate, share and familiarize new image technologies.

Click. Pause.

The evening after seeing the movie, I went to a projection (this time in an 'old school' cinema) of the cult classic Begotten (E. Elias Merhige, 1991). I couldn't help fusing the images of dissections and the removal of intestines from the two movies in my mind. Each of the two films open with such a scene; in the former there's a dissection of a frog, in the latter it's a God character doing it to himself. Begotten is an ultimate grain-fest, as each frame was meticulously re-photographed on 16mm and physically worked on — a celebration of the materiality of film stock. The digital noise and poorer images in GFP Bunny seem the contemporary marker for realness and directness. Two films dissecting (and emptying out) themselves, accidentally intersecting in my viewing and writing process.

Click. Resume.

So, where do the film's wide-ranging ideas lead to in the end? The key is to reclaim control through the use of technology. Similar to the aim of Thallium girl, a body artist with a chip implanted in the palm of her hand states that she's now under her own surveillance and monitors her own life. I believe that the same goes for today's mutating film culture DNA and cinephilia 2.0 innovations, as filmmaker Tsuchiya Yutaka's crowdfunded and HDcam 'jishu eiga' filmmaking eventually proves itself.

Fast Forward. Down the rabbit hole.

Ruben Demasure is a Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate in Film Studies & Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. http://rubd.tumblr.com/ Twitter: @rubdem



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GFP Bunny

Filmkrant #351, February 2013

Slow Criticism 2013

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G-FORCE
G.I. JANE
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF THE COBRA
Gaamer
GABBEH
Gabrielle (Louise Archambault)
GABRIELLE (Patrice Chéreau)
GADJO DILO
Gaga: Five Foot Two
GAINSBOURG, VIE HÉROÏQUE
GALAXY QUEST
Gallipoli
The Gallows
Gallows Hill
Gambit
THE GAMBLER
Game
THE GAME
Game of Thrones (Seizoen 5)
Game of Thrones Seizoen 1
GAMER
Le gamin au vélo
GAMLE MAEND I NYE BILER/OLD MEN IN NEW CARS
GANGS OF NEW YORK
Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangster Squad
GANGSTERBOYS
Het gangstermeisje
GARAGE
GARAGE DAYS
GARAGE OLIMPO
Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!
THE GARDEN
GARDEN STATE
GARFIELD
GARFIELD: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES
GARPASTUM
GAS, FOOD, LODGING
Gasland part I & II
GASTON'S WAR
GATTACA
IL GATTOPARDO
GAY
GAZON MAUDIT
Les géants
GEEN BEREIK
GEEST UIT DE POLDER
GEGE
Gegen die Wand
HET GEHEIM
Het geheim van Delft
HET GEHEIM VAN MEGA MINDY
GELUK IS ALS GLAS
EEN GELUKKIGE HAND
DE GELUKKIGE HUISVROUW
EEN GELUKKIGE TIJD
GEMINI (SOSEIJI)
Gemma Bovery
The General
THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER
GENERATION KILL
LA GENÈSE
GENESIS
Genius
GENOVA
LES GENS NORMAUX N'ONT RIEN D'EXCEPTIONNEL
A Gentle Creature
GEORGE MICHAEL: A DIFFERENT STORY
GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE
Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye
GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES
GEORGIA RULE
GEORGICA
Geostorm
Gerhard Richter Painting
GERMINAL
Geronimo
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
GERRY
GESPENSTER
GET BACK
GET CARTER
The Get Down
Get Hard
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
GET LOW en de arthouse-western
GET ON THE BUS
Get Out
GET REAL
GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'
GET SHORTY
THE GETAWAY
Gett — The Divorce Trial of Viviane Amsalem
GETTING EVEN WITH DAD
GETTING HOME
GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (MEIN BRUDER DER VAMPIR)
GETTYSBURG
GEVANGEN OP JAVA
GEVANGENEN VAN DE GROND
DE GEVLEKTE HOND (A PIEBALD DOG RUNNING ON THE EDGE OF THE SEA)
De geweldige beer
GFP Bunny
THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS
GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI
GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mamoru Oshii)
Ghost in the shell (Rupert Sanders)
GHOST IN THE SHELL 2 (Mamoru Oshii)
GHOST RIDER
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D
GHOST SHIP
GHOST WORLD
THE GHOST WRITER
Ghostbusters
GHOSTS FROM THE PAST
GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
Gianni e le donne
The Gift (Joel Edgerton)
THE GIFT (Sam Raimi)
Gifted
GIGANTE
GIGLI
Gilbert
Gimme Danger — Long Live The Stooges
GIMME SHELTER
Ginger & Rosa
GINGER SNAPS
THE GINGERBREAD MAN
GIORNI E NUVOLE
The Girl
GIRL 6
Girl Most Likely
The Girl on the Train
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
GIRL, INTERRUPTED
GIRLFIGHT
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE
Girlhood
Girls seizoen 1-5
Girls Trip
GIRLS UNITED
GLADIATOR (Ridley Scott)
GLADIATOR (Rowdy Herrington)
LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE
GLAS OP CELLULOID
The Glass Castle
Glassland
Glee the 3D Concert Movie
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
THE GLIMMERMAN
GLITTERBUG
Gloria (Sebastián Lelio)
GLORIA (Sidney Lumet)
Glory
Gluckauf
GLUE
GNOMEO & JULIET
GO
GO GET SOME ROSEMARY
GO WEST, YOUNG MAN!
GOAL KICK OFF
God Bless America
GOD IS MY DJ
GOD TOLD ME TO
GOD'S LONELY MAN
THE GODDESS OF 1967
THE GODFATHER DVD COLLECTION
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GODSEND
GODZILLA
Godzilla 3D
DAS GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT
De goede dood
GOHATTO
Going in Style
GOING THE DISTANCE
GOING TO SCHOOL WITH MY DAD ON MY BACK
Gold
GOLDEN BALLS
THE GOLDEN BOWL
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
GOLDENEYE
GOLDFISH MEMORY
Goltzius and the Pelican Company
GOLVEN
GOMORRA
GONE BABY GONE
Gone Girl
GONE IN 60 SECONDS
Gone With the Wind
GONIN
GOOD ADVICE
GOOD BYE, LENIN!
A Good Day To Die Hard
The Good Dinosaur
THE GOOD GERMAN
THE GOOD GIRL
THE GOOD HEART
Good Kill
A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA
GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Good People
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
THE GOOD SON
Good Time
GOOD WILL HUNTING
A GOOD WOMAN
A GOOD YEAR
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
GOODBOY!
GOODBYE BAFANA
GOODBYE LOVER
GOODBYE SOLO
GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE
A GOOFY MOVIE
GOOISCHE VROUWEN
Gooische Vrouwen 2
Goosebumps 3D
GORDEL VAN SMARAGD
GORDOS
GOSFORD PARK
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
GOSSIP
GOTHIKA
Die göttliche Ordnung
GOUD
DE GOUDEN SWIPE
DE GOUDLIJN PARAMARIBO — DAM
LE GOÛT DES AUTRES
GOUTTES D'EAU SUR PIERRES BRÛLANTES
GOYA'S GHOSTS
Gozaran — Time Passing
GRACE IS GONE
Grace of Monaco
GRACE OF MY HEART
LA GRAINE ET LE MULET
GRAN TORINO
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Le grand cahier
Grand central
Le grand soir
LE GRAND VOYAGE
La grande bellezza
IL GRANDE COCOMERO
GRANDE HOTEL
La grande illusion
Il grande sogno
The Grandmaster
GRAVE DANGER
THE GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
Gravity
GRBAVICA
GREASE
GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Alfonso Cuarón)
Great Expectations (Mike Newell)
The Great Gatsby
GREAT KILLS ROAD
GREAT MIGRATIONS
The Great Northwest
THE GREAT RAID
The Great Wall
THE GREAT WHITE HYPE
GREEN HAT
THE GREEN HORNET
The Green Inferno en Knock Knock (Eli Roth over)
Green Lantern 3D
THE GREEN MILE
Green Room
GREEN ZONE
GREENBERG
Greencard Warriors (Miriam Kruishoop over)
Greetings from Tim Buckley
The Grey
THE GREY ZONE
GRIDLOCK'D
DE GRIEZELBUS
GRIMM
Grimsby
THE GRINCH
GRINDHOUSE: DEATH PROOF
GRINDHOUSE: PLANET TERROR
GRIZZLY MAN
De groeten van Mike!
Gromozeka
HET GROOTSTE VAN HET GROOTSTE, ABRAHAM TUSCHINSKI
GROOVE
GROSSE POINTE BLANK
DE GROT
GROTE KLEINE MUIS: CIRKELIENTJE
DE GROTE TOVENAAR
DE GROTE VAKANTIE
De grote Zwaen
GROUNDHOG DAY
GROWN UPS
Grown Ups 2
THE GRUDGE
THE GRUDGE 2
Grudge Match
GRUMPIER OLD MEN
GRUMPY OLD MEN
GUANTANAMERA
The Guard
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
GUARDING TESS
GUERNSEY
Güeros
La Guerre est Déclarée
GUESS WHO
A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS
GUINEVERE
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS 3D
GUMMO
The Gunman
THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
THE GURU
GUS VAN SANT BOX
El Gusto