To commemorate the 100th anniversary of iconoclastic director Seijun Suzuki (1923-2017), Suzuki Centennial – 6 films selected from the director’s nearly 60 films, all 35mm prints imported directly from Japan. . From his early Yakuza work (Satan’s Town), to his return from being blacklisted for a decade (A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness) to his later independent success (Kagero-za). This special series of covers offers a rare glimpse. At the core of Suzuki’s creativity.
Organized in conjunction with series guest curator William Carroll’s Seijun Suzuki and the recent publication of Postwar Japanese Films (Columbia University Press, 2022), Seijun Suzuki Centennial explores the idiosyncratic stylistic impulses of the maverick filmmaker. delve into the versatility and daring nature of As Carroll points out, “Suzuki, a major figure in the transformation of the Japanese film industry and culture, began as something of a cog in the Nikkatsu machine, expanding year after year in various genres depending on their needs.” He made six films, but from the beginning the seeds of his style blossomed during his final years at Nikkatsu, where he became a major figure in Japanese cinephile culture. It marked a turning point in the collapse of cinema: the rise of the studio system and independent filmmaking gave him a place to resurface a decade later with his most daring and experimental work.”
The guest program in the series is William Carroll, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Japanese Studies at the University of Alberta.
Tickets: $15/$12 students and seniors/$10 Japan Society members.
Series Pass: Buy all movie tickets in one deal and save $2 on each ticket.
The lineup, etc. is subject to change. For more information, please visit japansociety.org.