Meike will present his film “The Glamorous Life of Hanai Sachiko (Hanai Sachiko no kare ina shogai” and engage in discussion afterwards. Hanai Sachiko, which will be featured in the Nippon Connections film festival in Germany in April, is a sly take on contemporary international politics with a Yale connection. The film will be shown on video without English subtitles, but a subtitle text will be distributed in photocopy form. “Pink films” are technically adult films in Japan, but given Japanese censorship codes, most would only get an R-17 in the USA. They have been extremely important in the history of Japanese cinema, first in the 1960s as a place of radical political and aesthetic experimentation, and then in the 1970s and 1980s (with Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno) as a vital training ground for new directors and film styles. Many of the important directors in mainstream Japanese cinema of the last 30 years actually got their start or were otherwise involved in pink film. Even today, pink film continues to be a site for many exciting new talent. Meike Mitsuru is one of the most critically acclaimed of the young pink film directors, with an often comedic and parodic style, and is currently residing in New York on a prestigious Japanese government fellowship for artists. He has graciously agreed to come to Yale, show his work, and talk to us about “pink film” and contemporary Japanese cinema.