1980. Japan. Seijun Suzuki. 148 min.
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1980. Japan. Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Screenplay by Yôzô Tanaka, based on the novel by Hyakken Uchida. With Akaji Maro, Michiyo Ohkusu, Toshiya Fujita, Yoshio Harada. A deliriously hyper-stylized masterpiece of Japanese art cinema, Zigeunerweisen inaugurated Suzuki’s Taisho Trilogy and achieved instant cult status, earning the awestruck admiration of Wong Kar-wai, Jim Jarmusch, and Quentin Tarantino, and hailed by many critics as the best Japanese film of the 1980s. “Set in a 1920s Japan saturated with decadence and nihilism, Zigeunerweisen is the tale of a disparate quartet drawn together by unseen strings of fate—and nearly driven mad by their own fears and desires. Aochi, a Japanese professor of German, vacations in a seaside town and discovers Nakasago, a former classmate, full-time vagabond—and suspected serial killer. During their reunion, they both fall hard for the beautiful local geisha Koine. But when Nakasago marries—and abandons—eerie Koine-lookalike Sono, the men's mutual obsession for Koine escalates into paranoia and treachery spiked with undercurrents of witchcraft and the sinister presence of supernatural denizens” (Ian Stimler, KIMSTIM). Preserved print courtesy Kawakita Memorial Film Institute and Littlemore. In Japanese; English subtitles. 148 min.
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