When Twilight Draws Near/Twilight Falls and Yunbogi’s Diary/Diary of Yunbogi

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<i>Yunbogi no Nikki (Yunbogi’s Diary/Diary of Yunbogi)</i>. 1965. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima
  • When Twilight Draws Near/Twilight Falls

    1968. Japan. Akio Jissoji. 44 min.

  • Yunbogi’s Diary/Diary of Yunbogi

    1965. Japan. Nagisa Oshima. 24 min.

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
  • When Twilight Draws Near/Twilight Falls

    1968. Japan. Directed by Akio Jissoji. Bored by the emptiness of everyday life, four students gather to play dangerous games in an apartment. Oshima was approached by noted television director Jissoji to adapt his script on reckless youth, and Jissoji delivered with dramatically experimental filmmaking conceits that influenced such later films as This Transient Life (1970) (also in this retrospective) and Mandala (1971). Twilight had a successful theatrical run on a bill with Oshima’s Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969). Print lent by the National Film Center of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; courtesy Kodai. In Japanese; English subtitles. 44 min.

  • Yunbogi’s Diary/Diary of Yunbogi

    1965. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. This ethereal montage of still images with darkly somber undertones, Yunbogi’s Diary is based on photographs that Oshima took during his two-month research trip to South Korea in 1965, during which he was haunted by his encounters with impoverished street children in Seoul. The voiceover comprises diary entries from a six-year-old Korean boy, and Oshima’s own reflections on Japanese-Korean relations, a controversial subject that he revisited in his later films Sing a Song of Sex and Death by Hanging (shown in December). Print lent by The Japan Foundation; courtesy Oshima Productions. In Japanese; English subtitles. 24 min.

In the Film exhibition

Image: Yunbogi no Nikki (Yunbogi’s Diary/Diary of Yunbogi). 1965. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima