With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

TWILIGHT SALOON screening at Japan Society this evening

Japan Society NY
Twilight Saloon © 1955 Toho Co., Ltd.
Twilight Saloon / Tasogare Sakaba
Directed by Directed by Tomu Uchida
With Isamu Kosugi, Keiko Tsushima, Daisuke Kato,
and Tetsuro Tamba, Jun Tatara
Japan, 1955, 93 minutes, 35mm, b&w
In Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC

Twilight Saloon is Tomu Uchida's second comeback film, after staying in China since World War II. Isamu Kosugi plays an alcoholic painter who quit painting when he realized his wartime work was propaganda. He bears witness to intersecting narratives that all take place on a single set, a cheap saloon featuring records and live performance. Gliding long takes and long shots, layered in depth, create a visual cross-section of postwar Japanese society in which classical opera, military marches, folk, and pop songs articulate the political, social, and sexual tensions between groups as well as reveal the interiority of each character. An all-star allegory of postwar Japan as seen by a war returnee.

Print courtesy of National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

This screening of Twilight Saloon is part of the 2016 Globus Film Series Japan Sings! The Japanese Musical Film

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