JAPANESE NEW WAVE CINEMA
JANUARY 8-29, 1999,
$6 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
The films of New Wave masters Hani, Oshima, Masumura, and Teshigahara, which emerged at the same time that artist Yayoi Kusama was forging her multifarious works in New York, all reflect in various ways the same impulses behind her art: the drive for personal freedom, identity, and truth in the face of a monolithic, repressive "official" culture. Theirs was a frontal attack not only on conventional cinematic practice, but also on the myths and traditions of Japanese society: its pretense of civility, its supposed stability, its emphasis on group identity, conformity, feudal paternalism, and respect for the elderly. They attempted to establish a new identity--what Oshima called "a new subjectivity'' in the face of this negation of the individual. In the process, they created one of the most distinctive movements within the history of modern cinema.
Tickets for the screenings are $6 ($4 Walker members) per evening, except where noted. To purchase tickets in advance, call the box office at (612) 375-7622. With one exception, all films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama created her multifarious artworks--paintings, sculptures, collages, and environmental pieces--at the same time the Japanese New Wave masters forged their new film aesthetic. Go here for more information.
THIS SERIES WAS CURATED BY JAMES QUANDT OF THE CINEMATHEQUE ONTARIO. PRESENTATION OF THE FILMS OF SUSUMU HANI HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, TOKYO. THE HANI FILMS WERE CURATED BY DONALD RICHIE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TRIBUTE TO HANI AT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL, PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE, AND THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK.