CEAS Film Series

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Posted : October 10, 2019

煙突の見える場所 (Entotsu no mieru basho, 1953) Director Heinosuke GoshoCast Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, Hideko TakamineScreenplay Hideo Oguni, Rinzo Shiina Cinematography Mitsuo Miura 108 minutes In sight of industrial chimneys, Ken Uehara and Kinuyo Tanaka are so poor they carefully mark the calendar to avoid any unaffordable surprises; their upstairs renters, Hiroshi Akutagawa (son of author of the Rashomon stories) and Hideko Takamine, sedulously keep it separate rooms. But then on their doorstep arrives… The masterpiece of the least-known master of slice-of-life.   (Image credit: © Kokusai Hoei...

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Posted : October 10, 2019

Directed by Mitsuo Sato & Kyoichi Yamaoka 110 minutes Produced at the height of Japan’s economic boom of the 1980’s, Yama documents the struggles of unionised day-labourers in the San’ya district of Tokyo, on the frontlines of a violent class war. It is a film for the workers, intended to function as a weapon in their struggle – one that cost director Sato his life. On 22 December 22 1985, during filming, he was murdered by Yakuza gangsters whom Sato intended to expose for their criminal involvement in the restructuring of the job market. A collective of directors headed by Kyoichi...

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Posted : October 10, 2019

Kigeki: Nippon no Obaachan. 喜劇:にっぽんのお婆ちゃん (1962) Director Tadashi ImaiCast Chôko Iida, Tanie Kitabayashi, Chôchô MiyakoScreenplay Yôko Mizuki Cinematography Shunichirô Nakao 95 minutes Two obaachans become fast friends listening to music in front of a record store. They both boast about their loving sons but in reality, one had just escaped a retirement home and the other was looking for an escape from her son and daughter-in-law. With nowhere to go, the two wander around, befriending a cosmetics salesman and a kind waitress who give them beer. This biting social satire starring two...

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Posted : October 10, 2019

Director Satsuo YamamotoCast Sumiko Hidaka, Sen Hara, Seiji MiyaguchiScreenplay Saburô Tateno Cinematography Minoru Maeda 140 minutes A large-scale on-set agitprop drama based on a classic novel about a real-life labor struggle at a printing factory in 1926. The title refers to tenement houses that received no sunlight, by a sewage river in Shitamachi. An independently-produced epic, featuring 50,000 people on screen, follows two romances amidst the passionate struggle against oppressive forces. Image Credit: Collection of National Film Archive of Japan

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Posted : August 29, 2019

Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest presents a program of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. Followed by a discussion with Megumi Nishikura (director, Minidoka, Joseph Lachman (YC ‘15; actor, Minidoka), and Masayoshi Nakamura (animation director, Albatross Soup). Megumi Nishikura is passionate about addressing our global and social issues through documentary storytelling. She spent five years working for the United Nations, producing and directing documentaries on environmental issues such as climate change and...

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Posted : March 12, 2019

The Korean Buddhist nun and movie director Ven. Daehae will be presenting the screening of her film “The Sermon on the Mount” (2017), winner of three awards at Russia’s Cheboksary International Film Festival. The film shares the story of eight young Koreans meeting together in a cave to seek the truth about Jesus’ teachings. After the showing, Ven. Daehae will answer questions from the audience.

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Posted : April 16, 2018

This lecture is part of the “Monsters in Motion: Spring Film Series on Animated Monsters and/in East Asia.” Animation (donghua pian) and martial arts films (wuxia pian) have demonstrated close affinity with each other in the history of Chinese cinema. They overlap historically and conceptually. The martial arts films frequently rely on various animation techniques (e.g. stop motion, cel animation, computer graphics) to create special effects in spectacular fighting scenes. Chinese animations often take...

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Posted : March 26, 2018

Directed by Raman Hui, 118 mins Dream Sky Entertainment et al., China DCP, Subtitled in English Despite its unorthodox visual effects, which blend live-action martial artists together with digitally rendered creatures from the “monster realm,” Monster Hunt swiftly became the highest-grossing film in China during the year of its release. Before relocating to China to direct this fantastical action-comedy, Hong Kong native Raman Hui served as supervising animator and co-director on a number of projects at DreamWorks, including the Shrek series. Nearly 70% of Monster Hunt had to be reshot after...

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Posted : March 26, 2018

Directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun, 100 mins Beijing Enlight Media, Biantian (Beijing) Media Company, China DCP, Subtitled in English The production of Big Fish & Begonia traces all the way back to 2004, when artists Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun created a short, promotional animated work by the same name. Following its positive reception, Liang and Zhang founded a production company, Biantian (Beijing) Media, with the intent of turning the project into a feature-length film. After more than ten years of starts and stops resulting from a perpetual lack of adequate funding, Liang and Zhang...

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Posted : February 19, 2018

Directed & Written by Satoshi Kon (Sony Pictures Classics, 2006, 90 min., 35mm) Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius scientist by day, and a kick-ass dream warrior named PAPRIKA by night. In this psychedelic sci-fi adventure, it will take the skills of both women to save the world… In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such...

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Posted : February 19, 2018

Directed by Jung Henin & Laurent Boileau (GKIDS, 2012, 74 min. DCP) This remarkable animated documentary traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the...

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Posted : February 9, 2018

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988, 125 min., 35mm)  Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.  5:00 PM - Reception (Room 108, Whitney Humanities Center) 6:30 PM - Film Screening (Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center) Introduction by Jason Douglass, Series...

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Posted : February 22, 2017

Directed by Itō Daisuke (Nikkatsu, 1931, 61 min. DVD) One of the unique pleasures of Japanese film culture is that all silent films were shown with a benshi, a figure who stood next to the screen explaining the film and essentially dubbing the dialogue. The benshi Kataoka Ichirō preserves this rare verbal art by traveling the world and narrating the masterpieces of Japanese film.  Kataoka will perform for Yale audiences Jirōkichi the Rat, one of the few surviving silent films of the pioneer master of the Japanese samurai movie, Itō Daisuke. This features the great Ōkōchi Denjirō playing...

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Posted : October 13, 2016

Directed by ​Qin Xiaoyu and Wu Feiyue (MEDOC/Shanghai Eternity, 2015, 96 min.) An assembly line worker in an Apple factory who commits suicide at the young age of 24, leaving behind 200 poems of despair—“I swallowed an iron moon…..”; a guileless lathe operator who is rebuffed at every turn, living in the world of his poetry; a female clothing factory worker who lives in poverty but writes poetry rich in dignity and love; a coalminer who works deep in the earth year round, trying to contact and make peace with the spirits of his dead coworkers through his poetry; and a goldmine demolitions...

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Posted : July 27, 2016

Directed by Kihachi Okamoto (Toho, 1967, 99 min., 35 mm) Nakadai shows his range and pulls out all stops in this marvelous satire of spy movies.   In Japanese with English subtitles. Yale University welcomes Nakadai Tatsuya, one of Japan’s greatest actors.   From Kurosawa Akira’s Ran and Kagemusha to Kobayashi Masaki’s Harakiri and The Human Condition, Nakadai Tatsuya has starred in many of Japan’s greatest films and worked with many of its greatest directors. In a career that spans seven decades, from Shakespeare on stage to starring roles on TV, Nakadai has become one of Japan’s...

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Posted : July 27, 2016

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi (Shochiku, 1962, 133 min., 35 mm) A tour de force performance in one of the most damning critiques of the Japanese feudal structure ever.   In Japanese with English subtitles Yale University welcomes Nakadai Tatsuya, one of Japan’s greatest actors.   From Kurosawa Akira’s Ran and Kagemusha to Kobayashi Masaki’s Harakiri and The Human Condition, Nakadai Tatsuya has starred in many of Japan’s greatest films and worked with many of its greatest directors. In a career that spans seven decades, from Shakespeare on stage to starring roles on TV, Nakadai has become...

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Posted : July 26, 2016

Happy Hour (Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2015, 317 min. DVD) The product of workshops with mostly newcomers to film, Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s Happy Hour has won awards around the world, including a Best Actress award at Locarno shared by its four principals. Its leisurely but emotionally dense narration of the lives of four female friends as they confront changes in their work, domestic, and romantic lives, has earned praise around the world, including most recently in The New Yorker and The New York Times as the film was featured in a special run at MoMA in New York. The director will be...

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Posted : February 19, 2016

Directed by Hong Sang-Soo (Kino Lorber, 2012, 89 min) A young film student and her mother run away to the seaside town of Mohang to escape their mounting debt. The young woman begins writing a script for a short film in order to calm her nerves. Three women named Anne appear, and each woman consecutively visits the seaside town of Mohang. The first Anne is a successful film director. The second Anne is a married woman secretly in an affair with a Korean man. The third Anne is a divorcee whose husband left her for a Korean woman. A young woman tends to the small hotel by the Mohang foreshore...

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Posted : February 19, 2016

Directed by Im Kwon Taek (Kino Lorber, 2002, 116 min) Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Director award, CHIHWASEON is a vivid portrait of the turbulent life and times of Korea’s greatest artist. As remarkably embodied by Choi Min-sik (Old Boy), the temperamental, passionate brush master Jang Seung-up paints with a martial artist’s fervor while indulging a rock star’s single-minded lust for life. Amidst the tumult and destruction of nineteenth century Korea, “Ohwon” as he comes to be called, fights to escape both the rigid artistic boundaries and the social...

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Posted : February 19, 2016

Directed by July Jung (Pinehouse, Now Films, 2014, 119 min) The head of a local police substation becomes involved in the case of a young girl experiencing family violence. As she tries to protect the girl from her violent stepfather she becomes aware that she is keeping a secret. Curated and introduced by Dima Mironenko, CEAS Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Literatures Dima Mironenko is a film and cultural historian of North Korea. His research focuses on the history of everyday. His dissertation, “A Jester with...

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