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Kagero-za (Japan, 1981)

March 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive; the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Japan Foundation; and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present “Action, Anarchy, and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective.”

Kagero-za (Japan, 1981)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

According to film critic Tony Rayns, Kagero-za (1981), “may well be Suzuki’s finest achievement outside the constraints of genre filmmaking.” In this hallucinatory adaptation of work by the Taisho Era writer Kyoka Izumi, a mysterious woman named Shinako invites Matsuzaki, a playwright, to the city of Kanazawa for a romantic rendezvous. While Matsuzaki is on his way, his patron Tamawaki appears on the train, claiming to be en route to witness a love suicide between a married woman and her lover. Matsuzaki suspects Shinako is Tamawaki’s wife, and the trip to Kanazawa may spell his doom. As in Zigeunerweisen (1980), reality, fantasy, life and afterlife blend together in Kagero-za—most spectacularly in the grand finale, in which Matsuzaki finds his life morphing into a deranged theatrical extravaganza.

Production: Cinema Placet Prods. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Based on a novel by Kyoka Izumi. Screenwriter: Yozo Tanaka. Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka. Production Design: Noriyoshi Ikeya. Editor: Akira Suzuki. With: Yusaku Matsuda, Michio Ogusu, Katsuo Nakamura, Eniko Kusuda, Mariko Kaga.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 140 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 7, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States