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Fall at Japan Society: Monthly Anime & Classics including Mamoru Oshii ‘s Angel’s Egg, Kihachi Okamoto’s Kill!

Japan Society Announces Fall Monthly Anime & Classics Lineup, including Oshii’s Angel’s Egg, Okamoto’s Kill! and more!

Japan Society announced its fall lineup for Monthly Classics and Monthly Anime, kicking off on September 2, 2022 with a 35mm screening of Kihachi Okamoto’s satirical chambara, Kill!. 2006 anime classic Tekkonkinkreet will screen on September 16, featuring a Q&A with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub (The Animatrix). For October, Hideo Nakata’s 90s J-horror classic Ringu screens on October 7th followed by Mamoru Oshii’s rarely-screened 1985 ethereal masterpiece Angel’s Egg on October 14th. Monthly Anime continues on November 4th with a 35mm screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved My Neighbor Totoro.

 

Tickets: $15/$12 students and seniors /$5 Japan Society members.

Lineup and other details are subject to change. For complete information visit japansociety.org.

MONTHLY ANIME & CLASSICS SCREENING SCHEDULE

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Kill!

Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Kihachi Okamoto, 1968, 114 min, 35mm, b&w. With Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi.

Kihachi Okamoto’s darkly satirical chambara 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.

Tekkonkinkreet

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Michael Arias, 2006, 103 min., DCP, color. With Kazunari Ninomiya, Yusuke Iseya, Yu Aoi.

Screening followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub.

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.

 Ringu

Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Hideo Nakata, 1998, 96 min, DCP, color. 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.

Angel’s Egg

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1985, 71 min., Digital, color. 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, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 86 min., 35mm, color. 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 who 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.

Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

About Japan Society

Japan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese arts, culture, business, and society with audiences in New York and around the world. At Japan Society, we are inspired by the Japanese concept of kizuna (絆)–forging deep connections to bind people together. We are committed to telling the story of Japan while strengthening connections within New York City and building new bridges beyond. In over 100 years of work, we’ve inspired generations by establishing ourselves as pioneers in supporting international exchanges in arts and culture, business and policy, as well as education between Japan and the U.S. We strive to convene important conversations on topics that bind our two countries together, champion the next generation of innovative creators, promote mutual understanding, and serve as a trusted guide for people everywhere who seek to more fully appreciate the rich complexities and abundance of Japan. From our New York headquarters, a landmark building designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura that opened to the public in 1971, we look forward to the years ahead, which will be defined by our digital and ideational impact through the kizuna that we build. Our future can only be enhanced by learning from our peers and engagi

Nobuhiro Hosokihttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of Cinemadailyus.com while continuing his work for Japan.

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