1971. Japan. Toshio Matsumoto. 135 min.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1971. Japan. Directed by Toshio Matsumoto. Screenplay by Matsumoto, based on the play by Nanboku Tsuruya. With Katsuo Nakamura, Yasuko Sanjo, Masao Imafuku. “The most important and beautiful film made in Japan since Kurosawa’s prime” (Noël Burch). Matsumoto’s second ATG feature is a pitch-black adaptation of a play by Nanboku Tsuruya. Relentlessly pessimistic, this tale of bitter betrayal and brutal revenge is intensified by Matsumoto’s characteristic blurring of fantasy and reality and his aestheticization of violence. Print lent by The Japan Foundation; courtesy the filmmaker. In Japanese; English subtitles. 135 min.
In the Film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986
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