With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Saturday, March 05, 2011

ACF 919: Yakuza films coming to New York!

Japan Society's next Globus Film Series begins this coming Wednesday, March 9th, 2010 and will run through Saturday, March 19th. A total of 15 terrific Yakuza-themed films will be shown. Four films will be shown for the first time outside of Japan. In addition to these International Premieres, there will be three U.S. and one New York premieres.

On top of this, there will be several extra-special attractions. Screenwriter (Taxi Driver) and director (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters) Paul Schrader will introduce the lead-off film, Sidney Pollack's The Yakuza (1975), which Schrader co-wrote with Robert Towne, on Wednesday evening.

Journalist Jake Adelstein, author of the fantastic and informative book Tokyo Vice, will give a lecture entitled Yakuza in Popular Media & Reel Life: Cracks & Chasms on Thursday at 6:30. Adelstein knows whereof he speaks, having covered the crime scene in and around Tokyo for many years for one of the city's leading papers. His talk will be followed by the film Onibi: The Fire Within at 8:15 PM.

And on Friday, March 11th, following the 7:30 PM screening of The Wolves, Japan Society will host the opening weekend "Gandsta Party", with prizes for the best modern day gangster garb or classic yakuza kimono.

I have no doubt that it's going to be an incredible film series. I'll be putting up as many reviews as I can. In the meanwhile, check out the complete line-up and order tickets here.

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