In conjunction with the current exhibit “Samurai and The Culture of Japan’s Great Peace”, the Yale Peabody Museum is co-sponsoring The Samurai Film Series. The Series includes three films that highlight the code of samurai from different perspectives, both positive and critical. The selected films have also been influential in Western culture and cinema, and these connections will be highlighted during the screening. The series is co-sponsored by Yale University’s Film and Media Studies department, the Whitney Humanities Center, the Yale Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Support for the film series is from the Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives. Stephen Poland, a Yale graduate student in Japanese film history, will introduce the last film. The screening will be shown at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall St., New Haven. The doors open at 6:30 pm, film talks begin at 7 pm.
Kill! is a 1968 film directed by Kihachi Okamoto written by Akira Murao,Kihachi Okamoto, and Shūgorō Yamamoto and starring Tatsuya Nakadai. Samurai films can represent not only the samurai code but also how each age views that code. This is very much a film of the 1960s counter culture, treating not only the feudal system, but also the samurai hero, with comical and critical irreverence.