With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Yasuzo Masumura's MANJI at Japan Society NY on Friday, December 1st

Japan Society NY
Directed by Yasuzo Masumura
With Ayako Wakao, Kyoko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yusuke Kawazu
Japan, 1964, 91 minutes
35mm, color
In Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, December 1, 7 PM 
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

This erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Japanese New Wave auteur Yasuzo Masumura stars a stunning Ayako Wakao as Mitsuko, a beguiling woman at the center of a tangled bisexual love quadrangle between bored housewife Sonoko (Kyoko Kishida), her husband and Mitsuko’s equally deceptive former fianc√©. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, the film’s story of destructive obsession, jealousy and manipulation is brilliantly rendered visually by Masumura and cinematographer Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires on the Plain), whose highly stylized compositions effectively portray the increasingly fractured psyches of four people constantly trying to out-maneuver each other for love at the risk of death.

Related Film Series: Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao (December 2 & 3, 2017)

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