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06/10/2022 - 08/12/2022
Verplanck, NY

Japanese Arts & Culture Film Series: Three Cinematic Visionaries

Time & Location

June 10, July 15, and August 12, 6pm – 8:30 pm
KinoSaito Theater (Verplanck, NY)


KinoSaito and The Japan Foundation, NY, collaboratively present a Japanese Arts & Culture Film Series: Three Cinematic Visionaries at KinoSaito on Fridays, June 10, July 15, and August 12, from 6-8:30 pm. This free public lecture, screening, and audience discussion series will focus on iconic works by Yasujirō Ozu (1903-1963), Akira Kurosawa (1910-1988), and Katsuhiro Otomo (born 1954). All programs take place in the KinoSaito Theater, 115 7th Street in Verplanck, NY.

The first film to be screened on June 10th is Ozu’s Tokyo Story, a 1953 drama starring Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama. Its plot is about an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Tokyo Story is widely regarded as Ozu’s masterpiece and was voted by a 2012 directors’ poll as the greatest film of all time. The pre-screening talk and post-screening question-and-answer session will be led by Purchase College, SUNY Professor Joel Neville Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson’s teaching/research expertise is in experimental film/video, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema.

On July 15th, Dreams by Kurosawa will be shown with a pre-screening historical introduction and post-screening facilitated audience discussion by Dr. Anderson. This 1990 magical realist film of eight vignettes was inspired by dreams that Kurosawa actually had and is solely written by him. It was co-produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Dreams addresses themes about childhood, spirituality, art, death, and human mistakes against nature.

Akira, which will be screened on August 12th, is the landmark 1988 animated cyberpunk action film co-written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s 1982 manga. Set in a dystopian 2019, the film tells the story of a biker gang leader whose childhood friend acquires telekinetic abilities after an accident, eventually threatening a military complex amid a rebellion in the futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The cultural and historical introduction and Q & A follow-up will be led by Vassar College Professor and Director of Asian Studies Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase, Ph.D. Dr. Dollase’s teaching/research specialties include Japanese women’s literature, girls’ magazine culture, popular culture, and the integration of popular media into language teaching.

This three-month film series was generously co-funded by a grant from The Japan Foundation, NY. All film presentations are free, but due to limited seating, require advanced registration.

Visit the KinoSaito website to learn more.

This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

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