1983. Japan. Yoshimitsu Morita. 107 min.
Friday, February 8, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1983. Japan. Written and directed by Yoshimitsu Morita. With Juzo Itami, Yusaku Matsuda, Saori Yuki. The illusion of familial harmony, an undercurrent to so many ATG films, culminates in this wildly successful and absurdist adaptation of a popular novel by Yohei Honma. Presented in MoMA’s 1983 New Directors/New Films festival and the winner of five prestigious Kinema Junpo awards—including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for the brilliant director Juzo Itami’s performance as the patriarch—Family Game was described by Vincent Canby in The New York Times as “wickedly funny…a stylish deadpan comedy about Japan’s comparatively affluent, utterly directionless, new middle class…. [F]rom the opening shots until the last, it’s a visual adventure. The succession of brilliantly colored, often geometric compositions satirize the worst aspects of what might be called Japan’s economic modernism.” Print lent by The Japan Foundation; courtesy Toho Distribution. In Japanese; English subtitles. 107 min.
In the Film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986
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