CEAS Film Series

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Zangiku Monogatari) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939 (35mm, 142 min)Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods: the 1930s and the 1950s. The cornerstone of the series is a program of six films by Kenji Mizoguchi which traces the stylistic,...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public.Beautiful Men Directed by Du Haiding, 2005 (98 min., English Subtitles) This documentary explores a gay bar in the city of Chengdu, Southwest China, and records a slice of the lives of three drag dancers on and off stage. Sister Sha, who was the bar owner and is now the joke of the troupe, still practices and manages to dance at the age of 47. Qingqing, a famous veteran dancer, married a girl and became the father of a baby girl. Xixi, the rising star, delicately maintains a relationship with his lesbian girlfriend, and plans a marriage for their parents. Every...

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Life Of Oharu (Saikaku Ichidai Onna) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi(1952, 35mm, 144 minutes) Based on Saikaku Ihara’s novel, The Life of Oharu charts the tragic demise of Oharu, an attendant at the imperial court in 17th-century Japan. Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods:...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

This series of Japanese experimental films, organized in conjunction with a visit to Yale by Japanese film scholar and experimental filmmaker Donald Richie, is divided into three thematically-organized programs. Each program is made up of a group of 5-10 historically and artistically significant short films, arranged chronologically and shown in their original formats. Taken together, they demonstrate the richness and diversity of Japanese experimental cinema over the past 50 years.X (Batsu, Shuntaro Tanikawa and Toru Takemitsu (1960, 15 minutes) Musashino (Yoiichi Takabayshi, 1963, 15...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Floating LifeDirected by Huang Weikai, 2005 (93 min., English Subtitles)The drastic economic disparity between rural and urban areas in contemporary China causes large numbers of the rural population to pour into cities. Chinese laws and regulations on the detention and repatriation of permitless “vagrants and beggars” in the cities have made these new migrants susceptible to punishment and discrimination. Originally coming from the rural Henan Province, Yang is a singer who ekes out a living by singing in the underground passages of urban business centers in the city of Guangzhou. Everyday...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Part of Japanese Experimental Film Series Special Event with Donald Richie

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Takamine is Okinawa’s most prominent filmmaker, famous for combining myth, magic, humor, realism, aesthetic experimentation and a strongly political stance to potently explore the history and identity of the Okinawan islands in the face of its two occupying powers, the United States and Japan. His complex use of the vanishing Okinawan language is particularly representative of his strategy to create a collage of the modern and the traditional, the indigenous and the foreign. He will present his most famous work, Untamagiru (1989, 35mm), which beautifully and satirically mixes the legend of...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Workshop for undergraduate and graduate studentsPart of Japanese Experimental Film Series Special Event with Donald Richie

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Both films have English subtitles. Free and open to the public.Four Sisters from BaimaDirected by Zhang Tongdao, 2003 (68 min.)The Baima tribe is a Tibetan branch that still maintains a matriarchal system. The tribe had lived off the land by hunting and developing a lumber industry. In 1999, as a protective measure against disastrous flooding in the area where the Baima live, the government decided to blockade the mountain area and hunting was no longer allowed. This forced the tribe to change its traditional lifestyle. The four sisters in the documentary are blessed with talents like...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

This series of Japanese experimental films, organized in conjunction with a visit to Yale by Japanese film scholar and experimental filmmaker Donald Richie, is divided into three thematically-organized programs. Each program is made up of a group of 5-10 historically and artistically significant short films, arranged chronologically and shown in their original formats. Taken together, they demonstrate the richness and diversity of Japanese experimental cinema over the past 50 years. All 16mm films are in Japanese* The Song of Stones (Toshio Matsumoto, 1963, 30 minutes) At Yukigaya 2 (Mako...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

35mm screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (1949) introduced by Donald Richie. Screening followed by panel discussion with Donald Richie and faculty from EALL, Film Studies, and History. Part of Japanese Experimental Film Series Special Event with Donald Richie

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Special Japanese Film ScreeningFireworks (Hana-Bi)Directed by Kitano Takeshi (1998, 35 mm, 103 min.) Hana-bi is the winner of Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1997, and features Takeshi Kitano as an ex-cop, whose guilt toward his deceased partner drives him to launch a ruthless revenge at yakuza. Hana-bi juxtaposes minimalist aesthetics with extreme violence, and is one of the most accomplished works by Kitano.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Lecture by Donald Richie followed by a screening of Mr. Richie’s experimental films at 8:00 PM.Lecture to take place in Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall, followed by screening in Room 101, Linsly Chittenden Hall (63 High St.)Part of Japanese Experimental Film Series Special Event with Donald Richie

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Posted : September 13, 2013

This series of Japanese experimental films, organized in conjunction with a visit to Yale by Japanese film scholar and experimental filmmaker Donald Richie, is divided into three thematically-organized programs. Each program is made up of a group of 5-10 historically and artistically significant short films, arranged chronologically and shown in their original formats. Taken together, they demonstrate the richness and diversity of Japanese experimental cinema over the past 50 years. Berlin im Winter (Ichiro Sueoka, 2003, 7 minutes) Endlish ist es Fruehling (Ichiro Sueoka, 2003, 2 minutes...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Special Japanese Film ScreeningThe Living Koheiji (Kaiidan: Ikiteiru Koheiji) Directed by Nakagawa Nobuo (1982, 16mm, 78 min.) The last, eerie ghost movie from Japan’s master of the classic horror film. (English Subtitles) Prints Courtesy of the Japan Foundation

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Comrades, Almost a Love Story (甜蜜蜜, Tian mi mi)Directed by Peter Chan Ho-Sun, 1996 (118 min)Destiny brings two people together, but they aren’t sure if they’re meant to be friends or lovers in this romantic comedy-drama. A pair of Chinese mainlanders, new to Hong Kong, find the city overwhelming and gradually fall in love with each other over the period of a decade. In 1986, Xiaojun arrives in Hong Kong from northern China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Chiao, who is from southern China, and they become friends as she...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Ordinary Heroes (千言萬語, Chin Yin Man Yu or Qian yan wan yu)Directed by Ann Hui Oh-Wah, 1998 (128 minutes)A tale of social struggle in 1980s Hong Kong, the story revolves around the real-life fight between the colonial government and the territory’s “boat people” — mainland fishermen and their families who lived on squalid houseboats in Hong Kong waters and were long refused permission to settle on dry land. The film centers on four people involved in the political activism of 1980’s who reflect on their turbulent past from the vantage point of the disillusionment of the 1990s. The story begins...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

All Under the Moon (Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru)Directed by Sai Yoichi, 1993 (100 min, 35mm, English Subtitles)A resident Korean director humorously takes on Japanese discrimination and its object. Cinematic Strangers: Marginal Figures In Japanese Film A woman gambler, an atomic terrorist, disillusioned youth, a Korean resident of Japan all people marginal to Japanese society featured in a series of celebrated films rarely shown outside Japan. For More Information ...

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Ho Yuk: Let’s Love Hong Kong (好郁,Hao yu)Directed by Yau Ching, 2002 (87 min) This drama chronicles the connections between life, lesbian love affairs, real estate, and Internet pornography as three women chase, seduce, resist, and fantasize about each other in a Hong Kong of the near future. The city is as false as it is real and provides the perfect setting for their games, secrets, screams, and tears. The city is dark and grubby—a cacophonous clash of technology, neon, cheap houses, sex, and food. Set amongst this startlingly crowded industrial city, the film primarily concerns Zero, who...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Man Who Stole the Sun (Taiyo o nusunda otoko) Directed by Hasegawa Kazuhiko, 1979 (16mm, 147 min., English Subtitles)A lonely teacher builds a Bomb and takes on the State in a superb thriller. Cinematic Strangers: Marginal Figures In Japanese Film A woman gambler, an atomic terrorist, disillusioned youth, a Korean resident of Japan all people marginal to Japanese society featured in a series of celebrated films rarely shown outside Japan. For More Information ...

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