With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Akio Jissoji POEM at Japan Society NY this coming Saturday

Japan Society NY
Poem / Uta
Directed by Akio Jissoji
Starring: Saburo Shinoda, Eiko Yanami, Hiroko Sakurai,
Ryo Tamura, and Shin Kishida
Japan, 1972, 136 minutes
DCP, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Saturday, February 22nd at 4:00 pm
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$10 Japan Society members

The final entry in Jissoji’s trilogy is also the most austere, marking a stark departure in style and substance from his previous two films. A severely ascetic young man employed by a wealthy family takes it upon himself to protect their large estate and the spiritual lineage of Japanese tradition it symbolizes despite the family’s amoral sons’ apathy and embrace of Western values. Recalling postwar masterworks such as Kon Ichikawa’s Conflagration (1958) and Yuzo Kawashima’s The Temple of Wild Geese (1962), Poem similarly questions the place of purity within the cruel reality of modern life.

Part of the Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy film series

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