With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Richie's Electric Eight: The Bold & the Daring film series to begin March 13th

Globus Film Series 2014
A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 2
Richie's Electric Eight: The Bold & the Daring
When: Thursday, March 13th - Saturday, March 29, 2014
Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, NYC
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

This two-part series honors the life of film critic and author Donald Richie (1924-2013), who was instrumental in introducing Japanese culture and film to the world. Part 2 continues to explore how Richie shared his thoughts about Japanese society and culture as seen through the medium of film. As with Part 1 (Richie's Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi & Kore-eda), which was presented as a monthly series from October 2013 to February 2014, film scholar and former Japan Society Film Program Director Kyoko Hirano continues to serve as curator.

Curator's note: Looking far beyond the stereotypical Japan of Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms or subservient geisha and salarymen, Donald Richie recognized the unconventional beauty in the everyday lives of ordinary people, celebrating the spirit of those who resist authority, the resilience of women who survive and outsmart a male-centered world, and the battles of those discriminated against by society. Richie supported the Japanese New Wave movement of Shohei Imamura and Nagisa Oshima, highlighted young and emerging talents such as Kohei Oguri, Kazuo Hara, Shunsuke Kaneko, Makoto Shinozaki and Kazuhiro Soda, and also championed the important classic films of Yoshitaro Nomura. For Richie, the independent spirit shown by these directors in portraying taboo subjects and their artistic endeavors exploring new forms of cinematic expression are reasons for us to see their films, from which we discover something new about the world we live in. --Kyoko Hirano, series curator

For the series schedule, including information about the eight films that will be shown, and to order tickets, click here.

Ticket Information:
Tickets to Summer Vacation 1999 (opening film & reception) are $15 per person for the general public, $12 for Japan Society members, seniors & students. Tickets for the other seven films are $12 per person for the general public, $9 for Japan Society members, seniors and students

Order tickets online or call the Japan Society box office, Mon-Fri 11 am to 6 pm & weekends during gallery exhibitions 11 am to 5 pm, (212) 715-1258. Online and phone orders are subject to service fees. Member ID number required for member ticket purchase, Members may order up to two tickets at members' price per event, unless otherwise noted. No refunds or exchanges. Programs are subject to change.

Those interested in purchasing group tickets for an event (10 or more) should email f2@japansociety.org for information on Japan Society's discounted rate.