With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ACF 236: Double Suicide screens at 7:30 tomorrow night @ Japan Society

Double Suicide / Shinju ten no Amijima
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan, 1969, 103 min.

Japan Society's Shinjuku Ecstasy Film Series continues tomorrow with Shinoda's visually stunning Double Suicide. I've only had the opportunity to watch some of it so far, but the story is fascinating and some of the compositions are absolutely breath-taking.

Further info follows below, but let me say now that I'm going to put up as many posts as I can about this series. The films featured are ones that I think most readers of AsianCineFest would at least be interested in knowing about, even if they can't make it to the screenings. Some of these films are already available on DVD. Double Suicide, for example, has been available as a Criterion release for some time now. So I urge you to see them at Japan Society if you can, at another venue if the opportunity arises, or on DVD as a last resort.

In this brilliant modernist adaptation of Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famous 1720 bunraku puppet play about the doomed romance of a married merchant and a courtesan, Shinoda’s direction is perfectly matched by Toru Takemitsu's music and Kiyoshi Awazu's arresting sets.

All screenings are at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10017

Shinjuku Ecstasy series webpage
Double Suicide webpage
Direct link to order Double Suicide tickets

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