The Japan Society series Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms culminates this Saturday in the annual all-day j-CATION culture fest. The film series As Cherry Blossoms Fall: Films & Scenes of Sakura, co-presented with The Japan Foundation, has been part of the Sakura offerings, and Killing in Yoshiwara will be its concluding movie.
Synopsis: The film that led David Shipman to declare Uchida “the equal of Mizoguchi and Kinugasa,” Killing in Yoshiwara ranks with Uchida’s finest postwar work. It tells the story of a sumptuous, fleeting love affair between a disfigured merchant and a beautiful courtesan. This dark melodrama’s sudden and violent end in a shower of cherry blossoms is one of the most impressive scenes in Uchida’s canon.
Free admission with ticket at j-CATION.