Wednesday, October 15, 2008
ACF 164: Best of Tora-san @ Japan Society
The beloved Tora-san series consists of 48 films made from 1969 to 1996. They chronicle the exploits and experiences of the eponymous vagabond street vendor, played by Kiyoshi Atsumi, as he travels throughout Japan.
Japan Society will present eight Tora-san films personally selected by Yoji Yamada, who directed most of the series, as its second annual Monthly Classics Film Program. The program will run from October 2008 thru May 2009. It celebrates both the 40th anniversary of the first film and the 80th anniversary of Atsumi’s birth.
The Best of Tora-san starts on Friday, October 17th, 2008 at 7:30 PM with a screening of Tora-san, Our Loveable Tramp, the very first episode in the series. Director Yamada, who more recently has helmed a wonderful trilogy of samurai-themed movies, will address the audience and engage in a Q&A live from Tokyo via digital video after the screening.
Info and tickets here.