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U of M CJS Fall Film Series (9/30-11/18/11)

September 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Events

The University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a series of free Japanese movie presentations this summer. CJS will be showcasing a total of four Japanese films at Angell Hall (Auditorium A–enter the building through the doors between Mason and Haven Hall off the Diag) each Friday from September 30th to November 18th. Films are listed below–each starts at 7PM in the evening.

September 30th: Howl’s Moving Castle (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
Hayao Miyazaki’s extremely successful follow-up to the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY (2001) is a mesmerizing, perplexing, and breathtaking interpretation of Diana Wynne Jones’s 1986 fantasy novel.

Further Information: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki; 2004; 35mm; 119 min.; Dubbed in English (Print and screening license permissions from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.)

October 7th: Doudes’ka Ken (Directed by Akira Kurosawa)
Kurosawa’s first color feature is a revealing and rewarding work, infused with the kind of honesty that even a master director could only barely control on film. The one movie Kurosawa finished between 1966 and 1974, it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 44th Annual Academy Awards.

Further Information: Directed by Akira Kurosawa; 1970; 140 min.; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from Criterion Collection/Janus Films.)

October 14th: Millenium Actress (Directed by Satoshi Kon)
The late Satoshi Kon’s (1963-2010) second full-length film animates the story of a fictional documentary crew as they interview a famed actress. A fantastic and dramatic exploration of movie-making and Japanese film history, projected from the nuanced view of one of Japan’s few true anime auteurs.

Further Information: Directed by Satoshi Kon; 2001; 87 min.; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.)

October 21st: Ran (Directed by Akira Kurosawa)
Kurosawa’s fourth color film is a brilliant translation of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. A landmark movie in the career of an already internationally renowned artist, its elegant cinematic architecture bursts with color at moments where traditional movie logic would fail. RAN defined Kurosawa’s career for a generation of international film fans.

Further Information: Directed by Akira Kurosawa; 1985; 162 min,; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from Rialto Pictures.)

October 28th: House (Directed by Nobuhiko Kobayashi)
Former TV commercial and experimental film director Obayashi’s first theatrical feature. HOUSE is a hypnotizing, psychedelic journey through Japanese popular culture and pre-Bubble film history. A hilarious and terrifying time capsule of Japanese horror film making. Not to be missed!

Further Information: Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi;1977; 88 min.; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from the Criterion Collection/Janus Films.)

November 4th: Memories of Matsuko (Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima)
Director Tetsuya Nakashima updates the extravagance of late 1970s films like HOUSE with an even more melodic and melodramatic sensibility. A rewarding rainbow drama of mistaken choices and missed opportunities that will leave you smiling through your tears.

Further Information: Direcetd by Tetsuya Nakashima; 2006; 130 min.; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print & screening license permissions from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.)

November 11th: 13 Assassins (Directed by Eiichi Kudi)
Notorious and internationally renowned director Takashi Miike continues his ambitious project of reinventing and reinvigorating Japanese genre film with this remake of Eiichi Kudi’s 1963 new wave samurai movie. Starring Koji Yakusho from MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and the original SHALL WE DANCE.

Further Information: Directed by Takashi Miike; 2010; 141 min.; 35mm (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.)

November 18th: United Red Army (Directed by Koji Wakamatsu)
A pioneer of Japanese Pink Film in the 1960s, Koji Wakamatsu maintained a career as one of the most outspoken directors of postwar Japanese counter-culture cinema. UNITED RED ARMY traces the failures and the regrets of Japan’s politically volatile 1970s in a way that only an ex-gangster, ex-porn filmmaker can.

Further Information: Directed by Koji Wakamatsu; 2007; 190 min.; DVD (In Japanese with English subtitles.) (Print and screening license permissions from Kino International.)

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