With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kinji Fukasaku's VIRUS next film in Japan Society's Kadokawa film series

Japan Society NY
Virus © 1980 Kadokawa Corp.
Virus / Fukkatsu no Hi
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
With Masao Kusakari, Isao Natsuyagi, Sonny Chiba
Japan, 1980, 156 min.
DCP color
In  English, French, German and Japanese with English subtitles

When: Tuesday, November 22, 7 PM
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC

By far the most expensive film ever made in Japan at the time, the apocalyptic blockbuster Virus was Kadokawa's most widely distributed film outside of Japan. Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, Battles Without Honor and Humanity) directs this spectacular story of the struggle for survival of a team of international scientists in the Antarctic after a virus has wiped out the rest of humanity and set off a nuclear countdown. The apex of the Kadokawa blockbuster strategy, Virus was rolled out with a massive advertising campaign. Both gripping and campy, the film signaled the end of Haruki Kadokawa's quest for ever bigger films and his re-orientation towards pop experimentalism and idol stars.

New 4k restoration!

Part of Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan.

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