Sendaihagi (先代萩 御殿の場 義大夫出語), An Unforgettable Grudge (長恨[部分) & A Diary of Chuji’s Travels (忠次旅日記[トータル・イマーション版)

Sendaihagi (先代萩 御殿の場 義大夫出語), An Unforgettable Grudge (長恨[部分) & A Diary of Chuji's Travels (忠次旅日記[トータル・イマーション版)

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 6510

先代萩 御殿の場 義大夫出語[英語字幕付][No.1] 1915

One of the few films from this era that exists, this provides a rare glimpse of the “kabuki cinema” of the time and features one of the earliest stars of Japanese cinema, Nakamura Kasen. Remarkably, unlike kabuki and other early films which usually featured female impersonators for female roles, this film actually has a female cast!

長恨[部分][英語字幕付] 1926 Ito Daisuke
An Unforgettable Grudge

忠次旅日記[トータル・イマーション版][英語字幕付] 1927 Ito Daisuke
A Diary of Chuji’s Travels

The director of nearly a total of 100 jidaigeki films, Itō Daisuke (1898-1981), often revered as “father of jidaigeki” by critics and moviefans in Japan. A Diary of Chūji’s Travels stars Itō’s frequent collaborator Ōkōchi Denjirō as the legendary late-Edo gambler Chūji Kunisada, portraying him as a man at odds with an oppressive society as he strives to save the geisha Oshina. While only the last reel of An Unforgettable Grudge has been preserved, the fast camera movement and rapid cuts offer an early glimpse into Itō’s distinctive style. The portrayal of disgruntled, lonely, nihilistic drifters as protagonists marks Itō’s socially conscious filmmaking, creatively exaggerating, critiquing, and transforming the period film conventions of the time.

The Sword and the Screen: The Japanese Period Film 1915-1960
Rare Samurai Films From the Collection of the National Film Center, Tokyo
A series of rare Japanese samurai films from the collection of the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which highlights the abundant variety of Japan’s most famous genre. There are social critiques, melodramas, comedies, ghost films and even musicals, directed by some of the masters of Japanese cinema who, in part because they worked in popular cinema, have rarely been presented abroad. The series is the first time Japan’s national film archive has cooperated with a non-Japanese university. All films are in 35mm with English subtitles.

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Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the National Film Center, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo