Following the release of his extremely popular “Underground Hero: Love to Hate Me,” Tokyo-based cinematographer Luke Huxham presents his latest short film titled “Black Business: Modern Day Yakuza.” The cinematic interview focuses on the individuals in Japan who are known for conducting in “Black Business,” the Yakuza – international businessmen who use knowledge, money, powers of persuasions and their influence in the government to help secure lucrative international black business deals.
I had the opportunity to speak with Huxham about the project and ask him if there have ever been any issues — any backlash — following the release of any of his most recent projects, because I would assume not everyone is happy about him delving deeper into the Yakuza culture. “As far as backlash goes I have not really encountered too much as of yet, or at least that I know about,” Huxham said. “With this new film we will just have to play it by ear I guess.” He continued, “Working on these personal projects can sometimes affect how others perceive me from a professional point of view, maybe some potential clients in Japan may not like these types of projects but you have to take the good with the bad. I have a very unhealthy obsession with these types of topics, the beauty in the bad, and I just love filming people and building atmospheres around them.”