Kohei Minehara

PREMIERE / "Haiiro" / Teppei Ono / INTERVIEW

"HAIIRO" is a new independent video production out of Toyota, Japan, brought to our attention by Max Guyot and glued to it by the sheer strength of said work. More so than a parade of athletic performances, it's Toyota itself as perceived then meticulously retranscribed by author Teppei Ono that takes the leading role, here, co-featuring the local scene and its struggle with and against the color grey. With its landscape of car production factories, Toyota may feel more desolated than the more contrasted or colorful spots in the style one can be used to expecting from skate videos out of the larger cities in Japan. Still, there is a persistent scene and to reflect this very identity, Teppei didn't shy away from taking an experimental route with his film, as to convey the rough feel of the settings not just as an afterthought, but actively emphasizing on it with intriguing tricks and a home-made soundtrack. The result being an impactful watch (and available in DVD form here and via Shelter Skate Distribution), we just had to ask the man himself a few questions and with the generous help of Connor Kammerer at the translation duties, along with this showing of Teppei's own segment in "HAIIRO", the following exchange ensued!

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