That’s how the mentally deranged Rokkuchan every morning looks at the passing cars. That’s how we the inhabitants of today’s world look at the technical toys we can buy and lay our hands on. In this shot we see Rokkuchan welcoming the new day of work and sense, and his dedication to his occupation of driving (the imaginary) streetcar is sincere and heroic.

That’s how scientists and engineers look at technical tools they are hired to create and use. See, how much disinterested curiosity and creative concentration is on Rokkuchan’s face? For him, as it is for high professionals too, to understand the heart of the mechanism is inseparable from independent contemplation about it. He loves technical tools not only practically, but also philosophically, as it’s supposed to be in serious technical science.

That’s how we every day serve our technological fetishes – these seductive and despotic automatons which distract us from our real needs and our moral potentials. This shot registered the solemn moment – when Rokkuchan is ready to start to drive what he thinks is his streetcar (himself impersonating the streetcar). His posture is that of a young soldier reporting his readiness for duty to the higher rank.

Among the numerous characters of the film Rokkuchan personifies the autistic nature of any blind belief and primitive and idolatrous fundamentalism of our fatalistic dedication to technology

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