With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Japanese silent film CROSSROADS with live shamisen accompaniment

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 2
Yumiko Tanaka live shamisen accompaniment
Crossroads / Jujiro
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
With Junosuke Bando, Akiko Chihaya, Yukiko Ogawa,
Ippei Sohma, and Kazuo Hasegawa
Japan, 1928, 87 minutes, 35 mm, b&w
Silent, with English and German intertitles
When: Saturday, November 15, 7:30 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
(Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Internationally active experimental shamisen musician Yumiko Tanaka provides a thrilling improvisational soundscape to the silent film Crossroads (Jujiro, 1928). This audacious film by Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Teinosuke Kinugasa (1896-1982) depicts the love between a poor brother and sister, and features hallucinatory imagery and boundary-pushing German Expressionist-inspired set design.

This program is part of Japan Society’s 2014 Monthly Film Series, The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema, curated by musical maverick and film and Japanese culture aficionado John Zorn. For this event, Tanaka will be joined by guest percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Followed by a reception.

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