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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

WOMEN IN JAPANESE MELODRAMA @BFI 51 TUE 17 OCT THU 19 OCT 20:45 NFT2 18:20 NFT2 TALK TUE 17 OCT 18:15 NFT3 + Women of the Night Yoru no onnatachi Japan 1948. Dir Kenji Mizoguchi. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, Tomie Tsunoda, Mitsuo Nagata. 75min. 35mm. EST. PG Returning to film in the nowdevastated Osaka in the wake of World War Two, Mizoguchi made his rawest and most despairing film, shot with a stark, neorealist immediacy. Kinuyo Tanaka gives a performance of animalistic ferocity as a woman whose life is torn apart by the conflict, and in desperation turns to prostitution on the chaotic, rubble-strewn streets to survive. MON 16 OCT SAT 21 OCT 20:10 NFT2 17:10 NFT2 Wedding Ring Konyaku yubiwa Japan 1950. Dir Keisuke Kinoshita. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune, Jukichi Uno, Nobuko Otowa. 96min. 35mm. EST. Hailed in the West as ‘Japan’s Bette Davis,’ Kinuyo Tanaka was one of Japanese cinema’s best-loved stars and finest actors. The chemistry is electric in this yearning tale of forbidden physical attraction, in which Tanaka gives a playful, exuberant performance as a woman who falls for the dashing, strapping doctor (Mifune) who’s treating her sickly and bed-bound husband. Osaka Elegy Naniwa ereji Japan 1936. Dir Kenji Mizoguchi. With Isuzu Yamada, Yoko Umemura, Chiyako Okura, Kensaku Hara. 71min. 16mm. EST. PG A tragic tale of entrapment and compromise that established Mizoguchi’s reputation as the greatest director of the plight of women in Japanese society. Isuzu Yamada is superb as a switchboard operator who sees her own dreams fade after she agrees to a scandalous relationship with her boss in order to pay off her wastrel father’s gambling debts. Season Introduction: Women in Japanese Melodrama TRT 90min Join us for a fascinating and informative introduction to the extraordinary Japanese artists we are celebrating in our women in Japanese melodrama season. Experts (including Alexander Jacoby and Alejandra Armendáriz- Hernandez) will share their insights and reflect upon the work of powerful female creatives such as Setsuko Hara, one of Ozu’s key collaborators, and Kinuyo Tanaka, the megastar who became Japan’s first female director (The Eternal Breasts, see p53). This will be a compelling introduction to the compelling female icons at the heart of mid-century Japanese cinema. Tickets £6.50 Osaka Elegy An Affair at Akitsu


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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