In the summer of 2006, Sabu Kohso, an independent writer, translator, and activist, and Harry Harootunian, a historian at New York University, interviewed the prominent filmmaker and political activist Masao Adachi. The occasion for the interview was the completion of his first film in Japan after years of imprisonment in Lebanon and Japan. Adachi's career and activities spanned the crucial decades of the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps the most intense period of radical protest in Japan's postwar period. His experimental work constituted a significant intervention in these years of revolutionary promise and failure. After the failed revolution in Japan, he spent almost a quarter of a century in exile in Lebanon and Palestine, often working for Palestinian organizations.