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Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao Film Series

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Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao Film Series

Time: December 2, 2017 at 2:15pm to December 3, 2017 at 8pm
Location: Japan Society
Street: 333 East 47th St.
City/Town: New York
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Phone: 212-715-1258
Event Discipline: film
Organized By: Japan Society
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2017

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Event Description

Just ahead of his centenary, Japan Society presents three brand-new 4K restorations of director Yuzo Kawashima’s collaborations with legendary actress Ayako Wakao. Known for his acidic urban comedies and satires, the highly modern Kawashima (1918-1963) left behind 51 films, all of which remain criminally underseen in the U.S. These bold Kawashima gems featuring the luminous Wakao, full of playful visual surprises and sharp social commentary, offer a rare opportunity to reintroduce a master filmmaker who bridges the gap between the classical Japanese cinema of the 1950s and the New Wave of the 1960s.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members


Women Are Born Twice

Women Are Born Twice

Saturday, December 2, 2:15 PM
Sunday, December 3, 4:30 PM

The first of Yuzo Kawashima's Daiei Studio collaborations with Ayako Wakao centers the life of a Tokyo geisha who gradually becomes more self-aware through her experiences with various men.

1961, 99 min.


Elegant Beast

Elegant Beast

Saturday, December 2, 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 6:45 PM

This brilliant satirical comedy about self-interest and postwar recovery penned by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba) centers on the cutthroat Maeda family, who manage to lie, cheat and steal their way out of poverty, outsmarted only by a cunning accountant played by Ayako Wakao.

1962, 96 min.


The Temple of Wild Geese

The Temple of Wild Geese

Saturday, December 2, 6:45 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2:15 PM 

Living in a Buddhist temple famous for its paintings of wild geese, a young, troubled disciple is cruelly bossed around by the lascivious chief priest, who indulges his sexual desires for a hired mistress. 

1962, 97 min.

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