Japanese Film

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Kazuo Hara by Ken Jacobs
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The pioneering filmmakers discuss morality and dissent in Hara’s highly subjective documentaries: “It takes a toll to discover what binds your heart to the subject.”

Toshio Masumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses by Dana Reinoos
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A restored masterpiece unmasks Tokyo’s underground gay subculture of the 1960s

Stom Sogo and Andrew Lampert
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Filmmakers Andrew Lampert and Stom Sogo, who tragically passed away last year, trade impressions in an unpublished conversation from 2000.

Damaged Goods: Japanese New Wave by Craig Hubert
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Craig Hubert discusses The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara, a box set gathering five Japanese New Wave films directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara.

Kaneto Shindo by Zack Friedman
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The films of Kaneto Shindo, including the now tragically relevant Children of Hiroshima, tell stark tales of life at the margins of society. Zack Friedman considers the ways in which Shindo’s characters manage to survive.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Clinton Krute
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The vast rewards offered by the films of Nagisa Oshima, exemplified by the strange, unclassifiable Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, are just beginning to be appreciated in America.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa by Jim O’Rourke
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Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made nearly 30 films, all of which have been seen by musician and producer Jim O’Rourke. Lesser known in the US than in Japan, his films are mesmerizing, visually stunning narratives with international relevance.

After Life
After Life

The Gatekeepers. Between life and eternity, you are given one week to choose your most precious memory—the single memory you will carry with you forever.

Shohei Imamura’s Dr. Akagi by Lawrence Chua
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Shohei Imamura’s 25th film, Dr. Akagi, is a lovely mess of jazzy comedy, kink, and apocalypse that he has declared to be his last movie. 

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