With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

ACF 091: Yakuza Films @ Asia Society

Photo courtesy of KADOKAWA PICTURES, INC.

It seems that barely a day goes by in New York without an Asian film series or screening. Tonight, Thursday, March 20th, 2008, there are at least two films to pick from.

As I mentioned yesterday in ACF 090, The Korea Society is offering a screening of Lee Chang-dong's Green Fish.

Well, Asia Society and The Japan Foundation have been presenting a series entitled Gamblers, Gangsters and other Anti-Heros: The Japaneze Yakuza Movie. Curated by author and critic Ian Buruma, the series consists of five films made by Toei Studios from the late 1960s to early 1970, a period during which this genre blossomed. The series started off on March 6th with A Tale of Two Yakuza. (Sorry I didn't have the opportunity to write about that.)

Tonight the series continues with Hoodlum Soldier / Heitai yakuza (1965), "a highly unusual yakuza film, as it places the noble codes of the old-fashioned yakuza in the context of army brutality in World War II."

Showtime for this and the remaining three films in the series is 7:00 PM.

Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC.

For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.

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