Goodbye CP /
The protagonist of this film, Yokota Hiroshi, has a severe case of cerebral palsy and must fight for his right to be different. We watch him crawling through the streets stark naked, with no wheelchair to help him, talking about himself proudly, with no hint of self-pity, and refusing to be seen as a victim. The harsh, unflattering imagery in this film brought on accusations of sadism and exploitation against director Kazuo Hara, but he explained: “It’s hard to watch the bodies of handicapped people, and that is exactly why I wanted to show them”. Goodbye CP is a brutally honest, defiantly unconventional documentary that did not only change the way people with disabilities were represented in Japanese cinema but also raised awareness of the welfare services they needed.