<i>Ryoma Ansatsu (The Assassination of Ryoma)</i>. 1974. Japan. Directed by Kazuo Kuroki
  • The Assassination of Ryoma

    1974. Japan. Kazuo Kuroki. 118 min.

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Assassination of Ryoma

    1974. Japan. Directed by Kazuo Kuroki. Screenplay by Kunio Shimizu, Yasushi Tanabe. With Yoshio Harada, Renji Ishibashi, Rie Nakagawa. Using the perceived failure of student demonstrations against the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty as a contemporary backdrop, Kuroki recounts the legend of nineteenth-century revolutionary Ryoma Sakamoto, the low-ranking samurai who engineered a bloodless revolution against Shogunate feudalism and paved the way toward Japan’s rapid modernization. Kuroki’s dramatic retelling of a timeworn popular legend focuses on the three days leading up to Ryoma’s assassination, and is given a strikingly modernist look by cinematographer Masaki Tamura. Print lent by The Japan Foundation; courtesy Toho Distribution. In Japanese; English subtitles. 118 min.

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