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Passport to Darkness (Japan, 1959) & Eight Hours of Fear (Japan, 1957)

February 22, 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.”

Passport to Darkness (Ankoku no Ryoken) (Japan, 1959)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

In this stylish film noir, a trombonist goes on an all-night bender after his wife disappears during their honeymoon. When he returns home to find her corpse in their apartment, he sets off on a frantic quest to find her killer by piecing together a night he can’t remember. Director Seijun Suzuki used this classic noir material to play with genre tropes and make expressive use of darkness and light.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Kenzo Asada. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Hajime Takaiwa. Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka. Production Design: Takeharu Sakaguchi. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Koichi Kawabe, Taichiro Kosugi. With: Ryoji Hayama, Chako van Leeuwen, Masumi Okada, Mari Shiraki, Tamaki Sawa.

35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 88 min.

Followed by:
Eight Hours of Fear (Hachijikan no kyôfu) (Japan, 1957)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

When their train is trapped by a landslide, passengers—including a murderer escorted by police officers—pile into a bus to proceed through the rugged countryside. Meanwhile, two bank robbers are loose in the vicinity. As the travellers’ journey continues, the danger mounts and tempers begin to fray. Bizarre camera movements and compositions provide a glimpse of the experimentation that took over in director Seijun Suzuki’s later films, but Eight Hours of Fear (1957) stands on its own as a gripping, eccentric adventure yarn.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Kenzo Asada. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka. Production Design: Akiyoshi Satani. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Takio Niki. With: Taizo Fukami, Hisako Hara, Nobuo Kaneko, Minako Katsuki, Sumiko Minami.

35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 77 min.

In-Person:Tom Vick, curator of film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, author of Time and Place are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


February 22, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States