“Nikkatsu at 100” Festival this Weekend in Los Angeles
Source: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Special Thanks to Andrew Nguyen
On September 10, 2012, Japan’s Nikkatsu Film Studio celebrated its 100th anniversary. One of Japan’s oldest and most acclaimed film studios, the Nikkatsu libraries contain approximately 3,300 film titles, including some of the most important Japanese films from the silent era to the classical period, from the postwar era to the new wave, and up to the current renaissance of Japanese cinema. Nikkatsu’s collection includes period pieces, samurai films, melodramas, youth films, gangster films, “pink” movies, horror films and contemporary blockbusters, with major critical and box-office successes in each of those areas.
From October 26-28, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles presents “Nikkatsu at 100”. This three-day event will draw from Nikkatsu’s library to celebrate 100 years of Japanese cinema, and will include screenings and discussions with filmmakers, scholars and critics on Nikkatsu’s enduring legacy in Japan and its historical place in the film world.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Co-sponsored by Nikkatsu Corporation, the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japan Film Society, the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and the East Asian Studies Center.
For more information on “Nikkatsu at 100”, please visit jflalc.org/art-nikkatsuat100.
NIKKATSU AT 100
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel. (323) 761-7510
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
7:00 PM: Welcome remarks
7:20 PM: Secret Screening of the new horror film from Director Hideo Nakata (RING, DARK WATER), co-presented by The Cinefamily, followed by a Q&A with the director.
10:00 PM: Catered reception and live DJs in Queen’s Courtyard at USC.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH
11:00 AM: THE BURMESE HARP (1956, 116 minutes, Dir: Kon Ichikawa)
1:15 PM: THE SUN IN THE LAST DAY OF THE SHOGUNATE (1957, 110 minutes, Dir:Yuzo Kawashima)
3:30 PM: RUSTY KNIFE (1958, 90 minutes, Dir: Toshio Masuda)
6:00 PM: “Nikkatsu and the World of Japanese Entertainment” Panel Discussion
8:00 PM: LOVERS ARE WET (1973, 76 minutes, Dir: Tatsumi Kumashiro)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
12:00 PM: THE INSECT WOMAN (1963, 123 minutes, Dir: Shohei Imamura)
2:15 PM: RETALIATION (1968, 94 minutes, Dir:Yasuharu Hasebe)
5:00 PM: “The Global Studio at 100” Panel Discussion
7:00 PM: SUZAKI PARADISE: RED LIGHT (1956, 81 minutes, Dir: Yuzo Kawashima)
8:30 PM: TATTOOED LIFE (1965, 87 minutes, Dir: Seijun Suzuki)
About The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) is a cultural exchange institution which promotes international awareness and mutual understanding between Japan and overseas countries. We also provide a wide range of programs relating to introducing Japanese Arts and Culture, promoting people-to-people exchange, support for Japanese Studies and language, education and assisting media-related projects such as publications, translations, and film/video productions by offering various kinds of grants.
Our activities are for non-profit and we are financed by operation profits on Japanese government endowment, annual government subsidies and funding/donations from the private sector. In addition to its Tokyo headquarters, the Japan Foundation has 22 offices in 21 countries, including two offices in the United States located in Los Angeles and New York, as well as two Japanese-language institutes in Japan and a Kyoto Office.