Thursday, March 20, 2008
ACF 091: Yakuza Films @ Asia Society
It seems that barely a day goes by in New York without an Asian film series or screening. Tonight, Thursday, March 20th, 2008, there are at least two films to pick from.
As I mentioned yesterday in ACF 090, The Korea Society is offering a screening of Lee Chang-dong's Green Fish.
Well, Asia Society and The Japan Foundation have been presenting a series entitled Gamblers, Gangsters and other Anti-Heros: The Japaneze Yakuza Movie. Curated by author and critic Ian Buruma, the series consists of five films made by Toei Studios from the late 1960s to early 1970, a period during which this genre blossomed. The series started off on March 6th with A Tale of Two Yakuza. (Sorry I didn't have the opportunity to write about that.)
Tonight the series continues with Hoodlum Soldier / Heitai yakuza (1965), "a highly unusual yakuza film, as it places the noble codes of the old-fashioned yakuza in the context of army brutality in World War II."
Showtime for this and the remaining three films in the series is 7:00 PM.
Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC.
For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.