Introduction & Booksigning
Tom Vick is curator of film at the Freer | Sacker, Smithsonian Institution, and author of Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki.
Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Hiroko Ito, Daizaburo Hirata,
Based on a book by Taiko Hirabayashi, one of Japan’s most famous female novelists, Kanto Wanderer puts a Suzukian spin on the classic yakuza movie conflict between duty and humanity. Akira Kobayashi plays a fearsome yakuza bodyguard, torn between defending his boss against a rival gang leader and his obsession with Tatsuko, a femme fatale who reappears from his past. Suzuki uses this traditional story to experiment with color and to indulge his interest in Kabuki theater techniques and effects, most notably in the stunning final battle, in which the scenery falls away to reveal a field of pure blood red.