With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Saturday, March 02, 2019

DOUBLE SUICIDE at Japan Society NY on March 8th at 7:00 PM

Japan Society NY
Double Suicide © 1969 Hyogensha/ATG
Double Suicide / Shinju Ten no Amijima
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
With Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita,
Shizue Kawarazaki, and Tokie Hidari
Japan, 1969, 104 minutes
35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$5 member

New Wave director Masahiro Shinoda utilizes classic Japanese theatrical conventions and avant-garde film techniques to stunning effect in this brilliant modernist adaptation of Monzaemon Chikamatsu's 18th-century bunraku puppet play about the doomed romance of a married Osaka paper merchant and a courtesan. Among the first films produced by independent film company Art Theatre Guild (ATG)—whose productions from the late 1960s through the 1980s pushed Japanese arthouse cinema in radical new directions—Double Suicide features contributions by some of the era's most innovative artistic collaborators, including composer (and co-writer) Toru Takemitsu and production designer/art director Kiyoshi Awazu.

This screening is part of Japan Society NY's Monthly Classics film series.

Related Exhibition:
Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s
March 8—June 9, 2019

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