The Face of Another
Monday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Admission: $15/$12 Japan Society members
Legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai visits Japan Society for a 50th anniversary screening of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s existential, horror-tinged masterpiece. The third of four film collaborations between director Teshigahara, composer Toru Takemitsu and writer Kobo Abe – who adapted his own best-selling novel for the screen – The Face of Another brilliantly examines themes of identity and alienation through the story of Okuyama, a young businessman who is fitted with a lifelike prosthetic mask after an industrial accident leaves him burned and disfigured. While the new face initially offers a sense of freedom, things take a dark turn as Okuyama becomes increasingly paranoid and erratic, suggesting the mask has taken on a chilling personality of its own.
After the screening, Nakadai will join Japan Society Gallery Director Yukie Kamiya on stage for a unique conversation about the significance of masks and Noh influences in The Face of Another and Nakadai’s long acting career. This event is presented in conjunction with Japan Society Gallery’s current exhibition Simon Starling: At Twilight (After W.B. Yeats’ Noh Reincarnation), which explores the impact of Noh on art in Western Modernism and runs through January 15, 2017.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.