This celebration of Japanese cinema presents the opportunity to see three classics of Japanese cinema: An Autumn Afternoon, Drunken Angel, and Empire of Passion. All screenings take place at the Cosford Cinema. The screening schedule is as follows:
Au Autumn Afternoon (Yasujirō Ozu, 1962)
Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 6 p.m.
Yasujiro Ozu’s final film was also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man’s dignified resignation to both life’s ever-shifting currents and society’s gradual modernization.
Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa, 1948)
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 6 p.m.
In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura’s jaded physician. Set in and around the muddy swamps and back alleys of postwar Tokyo, Drunken Angel is an evocative, moody snapshot of a treacherous time and place, featuring one of the director’s most memorably violent climaxes.
Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima, 1978)
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 6 p.m.
This gripping story of an illicit affair that leads to murder and supernatural visitations was entered into the 1978 Cannes Film Festival, where Oshima won the award for Best Director.