Zennshin Shousetsuka (A Dedicated Life). 1994. Japan. Directed and photographed by Kazuo Hara. In Japanese; English subtitles. 157 min.
Topping Kinema Junpo’s prestigious Ten Best Films of 1994, Kazuo Hara’s intensely intimate documentary A Dedicated Life follows the self-proclaimed radical leftist author Mitsuhari Inuoe as he undergoes painful cancer treatments, and reveals the cult-like loyalty he engenders among his acolytes and lovers despite the failed revolutionary promise of his famed Bungaku Denshu-jo [Literature Training Schools] and his own embellished past.