With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Akio Jissoji's MANDALA at Japan Society NY this coming Saturday

Japan Society NY
(c) Courtesy Arrow Films
Mandala / Mandara
Directed by Akio Jissoji
Starring: Shin Kishida, Ryo Tamura, Koji Shimizu,
Akiko Mori, and Hiroko Sakurai.
Japan, 1971, 135 minutes 
DCP, color and b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Saturday, February 22nd at 1:00 pm
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students & persons
with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members

Jissoji’s second feature addresses the despondency and confusion of Japan’s post-’68 youth through the divergent responses of two former anti-state student activists confronted by a menacing primitivist utopian cult invested in rape and agriculture. Referencing a range of contemporary political discourses and filmmaking practices—including the experimental arthouse of the New Wave and the radical pink “eroductions” of peers like Koji Wakamatsu—Mandala finds Jissoji continuing his investment in highly stylized and contentious material while also offering pointed criticism of the era’s excesses.

Part of Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy film series

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