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Past Films

  • Smashing the 0-Line

    • Saturday, May 7 8:40 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1960

    Imported Print!

    With its jazzy musical score and sordid milieu of drug smuggling and human trafficking, this crime thriller features an ambitious and amoral reporter going up against a ruthless female gang boss.

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  • Youth of the Beast

    • Sunday, May 8 8 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1963

    Imported Print!

    Jo Shishido plays a disgraced ex-cop who pits two yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the death of a fellow officer.

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  • Kanto Wanderer

    • Wednesday, May 11 7 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1963

    Imported Print!

    Introduction & Booksigning by Tom Vick
    A fearsome yakuza bodyguard (Akira Kobayashi) is torn between defending his boss against a rival gang leader and his obsession with Tatsuko, a femme fatale who reappears from his past.

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  • Tokyo Drifter

    • Thursday, May 12 7:30 PM
    • Friday, June 10 9 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1966

    Digital Restoration!

    Introduction by Tom Vick (May 12 screening only)
    Tasked with making a vehicle for actor/singer Tetsuya Watari, Suzuki concocted this crazy yarn about a reformed yakuza on the run from his former comrades. “One of the most brilliant genre movies ever made” (Tony Rayns).

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  • Zigeunerweisen

    • Thursday, May 19 7 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1980

    Imported Print!

    Named the best film of the 1980s in a poll of Japanese film critics, Suzuki’s metaphysical ghost story involves love triangles, doppelgangers, and a blurred line between the worlds of the living and the dead.

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  • Story of a Prostitute

    • Saturday, May 21 6:30 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1965

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    A comfort woman sent to the frontlines of Manchuria during the Sino-Japanese War fights back in Suzuki’s scathing portrayal of Japanese militarism.

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  • Branded to Kill

    • Friday, May 27 8:45
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1967

    Suzuki’s anarchic send-up of B-movie clichés stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who winds up a target. Cited as an inspiration by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and John Woo.

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  • Gate of Flesh

    • Saturday, May 28 8:30 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    1964

    A gang of tough prostitutes try to survive in the ruins of postwar Tokyo, but a lusty ex-soldier (Jo Shishido) soon upsets their fragile camaraderie. Part social-realist drama, part sadomasochistic trash opera.

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  • Kagero-za

    • Thursday, June 16 7 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1981

    Imported Print!

    Suzuki’s hallucinatory Taisho-era drama blends reality, fantasy, and theater in a tale of a possible love suicide. “May well be Suzuki’s finest achievement outside the constraints of genre filmmaking” (Tony Rayns).

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  • Yumeji

    • Saturday, June 18 8:30 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 1991

    Imported Print!

    Suzuki’s final film in his Taisho Trilogy spins a fantastical tale from the life of a historical figure, the bohemian artist Takehisa Yumeji (1884–1934).

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  • Pistol Opera

    • Saturday, June 25 8:15 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 2001

    Imported Print!

    An assassin battles her way to the top of her guild in Suzuki’s very loose sequel to Branded to Kill, updated with cartoonish CGI effects and infused with the metaphysical concerns of the Taisho Trilogy.

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  • Princess Raccoon

    • Thursday, June 30 7 PM
    Seijun Suzuki
    Japan, 2005

    Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi and Japanese slacker king Joe Odagiri star in Suzuki’s bizarre fable involving an exiled prince, shape-shifting raccoons, and a princess. “Energetic, inventive and ever-so-slightly insane” (The Guardian).

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