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Japanese Underground Cinema Program 10: Donald Richie and Shuji Terayama

Monday, January 28, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

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



Includes the following films:

  • Emperor Tomato Ketchup

    1971. Japan. Directed by Shuji Terayama. Courtesy Henrikku Morisaki. In Japanese; English subtitles. 27 min.

  • Cage

    1962. Japan. Directed by Shuji Terayama. Courtesy Henrikku Morisaki. In Japanese; English subtitles. 11 min.

  • Cybele: A Pastoral Ritual in Five Scenes

    1968. Japan. Directed by Donald Richie. In Japanese; English subtitles. 20 min.

  • War Games

    1962. Japan. Directed by Donald Richie. In Japanese; English subtitles. 22 min.

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Donald Richie, a former MoMA curator and internationally renowned historian and critic of Japanese culture, was also an avid participant in underground cinema in Japan. Two of his personal and affecting films are presented in this program: War Games depicts a sacrificial ritual enacted by children, with the participation of butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata; Cybele is an outrageous naked ceremony performed by Zero-Jigen. The theme of ritual continues with Terayama’s Cage and culminates in the anarchistic revolt of his Emperor Tomato Ketchup, which scandalized the country both as a radio play and a film. Program 80 min.

In the Film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986

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