[Monthly Classics] October 26, 7 PM
An international breakout hit that firmly established director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as a master of fear, Cure follows detective Takabe (the great Koji Yakusho) as he investigates a series of gruesome Tokyo murders in which a large X is found carved into the base of each victim's throat.
Next event10/26/2018 7:00 PM
My Neighbors the Yamadas
[Monthly Classics] November 17, 7 PM
In remembrance of Isao Takahata (1935-2018), a key figure in the history of Japanese animation and co-founder of Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, Japan Society presents a commemorative screening of the influential director's penultimate animated feature. Derived from a popular newspaper cartoon strip about an average middle-class Japanese family, Yamadas mines the comedy and unexpected profundity of life's everyday moments through a series of memorable vignettes rendered in a minimalist, watercolor-like style. Ghibli's first fully digital animated feature and a precursor to Takahata's acclaimed final film The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), this largely underrated gem is ripe for rediscovery.
Next event11/17/2018 7:00 PM
[Film] December 15, 2:15 PM
December 16, 6:45 PM
Eikichi, a nightclub owner and former boxer with unrealized dreams of being a prizefighter, picks up a talented but wildly undisciplined amateur fighter (Yujiro Ishihara) and decides to mold him into a champion. When a beautiful, destitute ballerina also comes under Eikichi's tutelage, however, romantic entanglements and jealousies threaten to undo his vicarious triumph in the ring. A box office success upon release, The Winner proved to Inoue's satisfaction that Ishihara could carry a film (though his studio bosses needed more convincing). It also established the action-with-musical-interludes template for dozens of Nikkatsu films to come.
Next event12/15/2018 2:15 PM
The Eagle and the Hawk
[Film] December 15, 4:30 PM
December 16, 2 PM
A high seas adventure, murder mystery and revenge-driven melodrama all rolled into one, Inoue's follow-up to The Winner casts Ishihara as a cocky, musical seaman who joins the crew of a rusty cargo ship headed to Hong Kong. Amidst fist fights and scuffles along the way, two women on board vie for the ukulele-playing sailor's attention: a sultry stowaway and the captain's high-spirited daughter, who is also pursued by the ship's first mate. Morally ambiguous, Ishihara's character offered something new to Japanese cinema: a dirty hero with his own sense of justice and a way with song.
Next event12/15/2018 4:30 PM
The Stormy Man
[Film] December 15, 7 PM
December 16, 4:30 PM
In the movie that made him a star, Ishihara plays a rough-hewn drummer out to make it in the seedy Ginza jazz world. An enormous success, The Stormy Man was Japan's third-biggest box-office hit of 1957, made the Nikkatsu studio solvent and solidified Inoue's reputation as a maker of hit musicals. For its young audience, who clapped and cheered as Ishihara sang "I'm a drummer, a no-good drummer," the movie was an event and a generational marker. Today it still packs musical excitement—and presents Japan's premier screen idol at his most charismatic.
Next event12/15/2018 7:00 PM