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Sansho the Bailiff

山椒大夫 (Sansho dayu)
Japan 1954. Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi. 124 min. 35mm

Dates and Venue 1 - 12 Mar | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Critics like Robin Wood and film directors like Jean-Luc Goddard have highly acclaimed Mizoguchi calling him the "Shakespeare of Japan" and a champion of classic film-making. Full review

 

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Street of Shame

赤線地帯 (Akasen chitai)
Japan 1956. Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi. 85 min. 35mm

Dates and Venue 1 - 12 Mar | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Two years after his prize-winning Sansho the Bailiff, Mizoguchi comes up with a contemporary piece about prostitution. Full review

 

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Violent Cop

(Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki)
Japan 1989. Dir: Takeshi Kitano. 103 min. DCP

Dates and Venue 23-26 Feb | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Kitano is the "dirty Harry cop" in this film. He plays the role of Detective Azuma, a cop battling yakuza gangsters and corrupt police officials following the suicide of a colleague and the kidnapping of his own sister. Full review

 

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Boiling Point

(3-4x Jûgatsu)
Japan 1990. Dir: Takeshi Kitano. 96 min. DCP

Dates and Venue 23-26 Feb | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Kitano, this time playing a perverted bisexual gangster, again directs another outrageous and violent film. It's still the world of gangsters but focusing now on a timid, stupid character who reaches boiling point and becomes violent. Full review