1956. Japan. Kô Nakahira. 86 min.
Friday, April 25, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1956. Japan. Directed by Kô Nakahira. Screenplay by Shintarô Ishihara. Music by Tôru Takemitsu, Masaru Satô. With Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitihara. "In the sound of the girl's skirt being ripped...sensitive people could hear the wails of a seagull heralding a new age in Japanese cinema," New Wave filmmaker Nagisa Oshima famously observed about this notorious taiyozoku (Sun Tribe) film, which, together with Takumi Furukawa's Season of the Sun and Kon Ichikawa's Punishment Room (both also released in 1956) caused hysteria among Japanese housewives, educators, and politicians. The first feature score by Japan's greatest postwar composer, Tôru Takemitsu (cocredited with Masaru Satô), is menacing, erotic, and dissonant, with moonlit Hawaiian-Polynesian strains of steel guitar and ukulele, and a jazz trumpet that cries out with the insatiable sexual hunger of the film's wasted, nihilistic youth. In Japanese; English subtitles. 86 min.