*Benten Kozo (The Gay Masquerade)*. 1958. Japan. Directed by Daisuke Ito. With Raizo Ichikawa, Shintaro Katsu, Kyoko Aoyama. Courtesy Kadokawa Pictures

Benten Kozō (The Gay Masquerade). 1958. Japan. Directed by Daisuke Ito. Screenplay by Fuji Yahiro. With Raizo Ichikawa, Shintaro Katsu, Kyoko Aoyama. In Japanese; English subtitles. 86 min.

A classic kabuki spin on the Robin Hood legend, The Gay Masquerade is done up in spectacularly colorful widescreen fashion by director Daisuke Ito, a pioneer of the jidaigeki (period drama), and cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. As the honorable thief who doubles as a courtly woman, Raizo Ichikawa (Conflagration) gives a brashly modern gender-bending performance.

35mm print courtesy the National Film Center; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Kadokawa.

  1. Sunday, April 15, 2018,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Saturday, April 14, 2018,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2