Not that very long ago, almost at the same time as Lomography, a small company called Films Reborn developed a new colour negative film: Fukkatsu 110, with a film speed of 400 ISO. As the proud owner of a Pentax Auto 110, I became very excited, because Lomography Color Tiger 110 was completely sold out. The name of this film is no accident – Fukkatsu is Japanese for ‘reborn’.
I was ecstatic when, after days of reading reviews on many different websites, I finally came across a new film that wasn’t sold out and wasn’t being sold for way too much. I often change brands, since I have half a refrigerator full of film. It is quite limited with this format, but old films will do just as well. I used to be a big fan of Ferrania Solaris 200, but 200 ISO is way too slow for shooting indoors and on dark days. My new Fukkatsu 110 film, with it’s speed of 400 ISO, was ideal for these circumstances, because I hadn’t tried this film up until then.
It looks very neat and basic, you could almost say cheap. Even the arrows were clear, because with most films it seems like everybody has got bad eyes. And very important as well: backing paper. I missed this with the first batch of Lomography 110 film (but still it was a good tip to use a mechanical counter).
My Pentax Auto 110 had a little defect with the shutter, which made it lose one frame. This is not a disaster at all with 110 film, because you’ll only miss one frame when you take out the cassette in a lit room. Which in itself wouldn’t matter, because nearly every Lomographer has a freezer full of film, right?
I expected few very overexposed pictures. Besides the fact that my Pentax Auto 110 lets in way more light than my Lomography Fisheye Baby 110, it was also very bright outside with no clouds. But what I got back were very blurred pictures, some even missed a piece, like the film didn’t wind correctly. The pictures were very dark;
On a cassette with 24 exposures, only a handful came out right, but even those were verging on the edge of failure. I like them, but they also contain accidents;
I don’t really know what to think of Fukkatsu. Is the film’s quality really this bad? Was I drunk when I took those pictures? Did my camera not want to cooperate because of it’s winter depression? I still have eight (!) more of these cassettes… But hey, one roll of film doesn’t make a summer. This doesn’t mean I’m taken aback by this cassette, because failed films are part of the deal that comes with analogue photography.