With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

THE BEAST TO DIE at Japan Society NY next Tuesday, November 15th

Japan Society NY
The Beast to Die © 1980 Kadokawa Corp.
The Beast to Die / Yaju Shisubeshi
Directed by Toru Murakawa
With Yusaku Matsuda, Takeshi Kaga, Hideo Murota
Japan, 1980, 119 minutes
DCP, color
In Japanese with live English subtitles.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 7 PM
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC

Action star Yusaku Matsuda started his journey towards melding arthouse film and pop in this mesmerizingly stylized and Nietzschean heist film about a war reporter planning to rob a bank. Scriptwriter Shoichi Maruyama became an overnight sensation for his unique mix of the surreal and hard-boiled realism. Haruki Kadokawa used the film to embark on a new kind of small-scale blockbuster that emphasized artistic freedom. Though based on a bestseller by Haruhiko Oyabu, Kadokawa told Maruyama: "All I want is the novel's title and your modern sensibility." Foreshadowing the self-reflexive play of Japan's bubble era, the film tackles the insecurities of an increasingly international Japan. New 4k restoration!

18+. This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

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

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