With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bunta Sugawara in TORAKKU YARO at Japan Society this Friday

Japan Society NY
 Torakku Yaro / Torakku Yaro: Go-iken Muyo
Directed by Noribumi Suzuki
With Bunta Sugawara, Kinya Aikawa, Junko Natsu,
Yutaka Nakajima, and Masayuki Yuhara
Japan, 1975, 98 minutes
HDCAM, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles

When: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where: Japan Society 333 East 47th Street, NYC

Bunta Sugawara (1933-2014) is perhaps best known for his iconic performances as tough-guy yakuza characters for Toei studios, but from 1975-79 he also starred in a series of ten immensely popular Torakku Yaro comedy-action films as a crude yet sincere truck driver named Momojiro “Ichibanboshi” Hoshi who chases after love all over Japan – and gets in fist fights and high-speed truck races along the way. Japan Society will screen the first film in the series on the one-year anniversary of Sugawara’s passing as well as in commemoration of director Noribumi Suzuki and actor Kinya Aikawa, both of whom passed away within the last year.

Part of Monthly Classics
Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema on the first Friday of every month.

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