Japan Society’s Fall Monthly Anime and Classics Lineup
Fridays from September 2 through November 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Admission: $15/$12 students and seniors /$5 Japan Society members
Japan Society’s fall lineup for Monthly Classics and Monthly Anime kicks off tonight with a 35mm screening of Kihachi Okamoto’s satirical chambara, Kill!. The 2006 anime classic Tekkonkinkreet will screen on September 16, featuring a Q&A with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub (The Animatrix).
October screenings include Hideo Nakata’s 90s J-horror classic Ringu and Mamoru Oshii’s rarely screened 1985 ethereal masterpiece Angel’s Egg.
Monthly Anime continues November 4 with a 35mm screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved My Neighbor Totoro.
All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.
Monthly Anime and Classics Screening Schedule
Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Dir. Kihachi Okamoto | 1968 | 114 min
With Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi
Kihachi Okamoto’s darkly satirical chambara (samurai sword-fighting film) opens in the midst of a pummeling windstorm on the outskirts of a ravaged village where two swordsmen—a farmer hoping to be a reputable samurai and a former samurai who has taken on the yakuza life—accidentally become embroiled in a plot to assassinate the local clan leader. Exaggerated and poking fun at the genre’s oft-repeated tropes, Okamoto’s Kill! is a wickedly entertaining take on the same novel that inspired Kurosawa’s Sanjuro.
Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Screening followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub
Dir. Michael Arias | 2006 | 103 min.
With Kazunari Ninomiya, Yusuke Iseya, Yu Aoi
Deep in the urban sprawl of a dilapidated pan-Asian cityscape named Treasure Town, streetwise orphans Black and White spend their days pickpocketing, soaring across rooftops, and fighting petty turf wars. The arrival of a yakuza faction, however, brings a new set of challenges when plans to raze the metropolis and build an amusement park to replace it take hold. Widely energetic in its direction and innovative art style, Tekkonkinkreet adapts Taiyo Matsumoto’s celebrated manga into a startling vision—as well as the first major anime production to be helmed and written by non-Japanese talent.
Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Dir. Hideo Nakata | 1998 | 96 min.
With Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani
Investigating an urban myth of a cursed videotape that kills its watchers within seven days of viewing, journalist Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) discovers a series of unnatural teenage deaths tied to a tangible, real-life tape when her niece falls victim to the curse. While tracking it down, Reiko unwittingly exposes her son to the tape, pitting her in a race against the clock to discover the secrets behind its origin. A dirgelike procession of contorted corpses, grainy video footage and disturbing imagery, Nakata’s brooding J-horror classic unleashes a barrage of nightmare fuel that feeds off of the technological anxieties of our modern era.
Friday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Dir. Mamoru Oshii | 1985 | 71 min.
With Mako Hyoudou, Jinpachi Nezu
A groundbreaking collaboration between two anime legends that intertwines Mamoru Oshii’s personal reflections on theology, existentialism, and evolution with Yoshitaka Amano’s fantastical ink art style, Angel’s Egg remains a rarely screened and hard-to-find cult classic. Taking place in a seemingly quiescent time, two nameless strangers—a girl bearing a mystical egg and a man with a cruciate cane—journey across a primordial realm of decadent ruins, primitive fish, and fossilized relics. An allegorical fantasy enriched by symbolism and biblical allusion, Oshii’s beautifully melancholic OVA ruminates on the tragic underpinnings of existence in a world untouched by God.
My Neighbor Totoro
Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki | 1988 | 86 min.
With Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Chika Sakamoto
A seminal work from Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature follows the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei. They move with their father to an old, empty countryside home to live nearer to their ill mother. Discovering a plethora of forest spirits residing near the home’s supposedly haunted grounds, the sisters befriend the gentle giant Totoro, who lives within the depths of a giant camphor tree. Lovingly crafted and beloved by all—with even Akira Kurosawa citing the film as one of his favorites—Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is recognized as one of the greatest animated features of all time.