CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) was shot in 2005 from October 7th to the 23rd.
There were only 12 actual shooting days, which, together, produced
about 60 hours of raw footage. Kazuhiro Soda was the sole staff
member involved in shooting. He photographed, recorded sound, and
carried equipment all at the same time and without an assistant.
Because he didn't have his own car, he road with his subjects, used
public transportation, or walked. Soda edited CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) on
his non-linear editing system at home in New York City. The process
took about 10 months to complete.
Kazuhiko Yamauchi and Soda are classmates from Tokyo University. In
October 2005, Soda was packing his suitcase to go to Japan to shoot
MENTAL ILLNESS (in production), when he learned from a friend that
Yamauchi was running for public office. Soda quickly got shooting
permission from Yamauchi and the Liberal Democratic Party, and
adjusted his schedule so that he could shoot CAMPAIGN (SENKYO).
Because he had no time to raise money, Soda assumed all the costs of
Before making this movie, Soda had never been involved with an
electoral campaign. However, he had always been interested in making
a movie about an election. A few years ago, he submitted a proposal
to a television network to produce a documentary about an electoral
campaign in the U.S. The network’s executive producer turned down
his proposal because of its political content.