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"Public Access: EPISODE 04 of 05"Hawaii, encore presentation of the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival
Playing 9:45 p.m. tomorrow at Dole Cannery cineplex, with costume contest and cash prizes
We grilled Takiguchi about his cinematic "atrocity":
Question: Why did you want to make this film?
Answer: The genesis of the film came from my deep love of B- and midnight movies like "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble" and all of John Waters' movies, and big epic widescreen films like "2001" and Lawrence of Arabia." I thought it would be fun to have an unholy marriage of the two.
Q: How long did it take to write?
A: Four months.
Q: How much is autobiographic?
A: About 60 percent minus the cannibalism, murders and being raped by a woman. I started out in this business working for Roger Corman, the king of B-movies. I worked as an assistant director, so I got to see the trials and tribulations of different directors, and I always took note of that ...
Q: As a screenwriter, what has been your most desperate moment?
A: Delivering scripts to cast and crew for Roger Corman's B-movies. It was such a menial task and not what I wanted to do. I wanted to be on set and observe the process.
Q: Why are B-movies so popular?
A: They're so bad, they end up being good, which is why there are so many straight-to-video B-movies. People love sex and violence.
Q: What exactly is a B-movie?
A: These days, it's anything that is almost exploitative, and the sex and violence is almost cartoonish.
Q: Where did the idea come from having the woman rape the man?
A: It was just an idea about expectations. The way I built that scene is the audience expects the man to be the dominant one. I wanted to play with expectations.
Q: Is the cast's acting deliberately "B" or is that planned?
A: I purposely explained to them that I wanted a certain performance like a B-movie. So we didn't get too much into character development or a lot of rehearsal. I wanted them to come to set and we would make it work.
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