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Princess Raccoon (Operetta Tanuki Goten) (Japan, 2005)

March 13, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 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.”

Princess Raccoon (Operetta Tanuki Goten) (Japan, 2005)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

This “energetic, inventive and ever-so-slightly insane mishmash of music, magic and madness” (Frank Kermode, The Guardian) stars Jo Odagiri as a prince. After being exiled, he comes across a magical land of shape-shifting raccoons and falls in love with their princess (Zhang Ziyi). Rooted in Japanese folklore, studded with tunes that range from operetta to hip hop, and set in a fantastical Edo period of the imagination, this film shows director Seijun Suzuki at his most kindhearted and whimsical. Although he was pitching a project as late as 2008 (at the age of 85!), this is most likely Suzuki’s final film, and it’s a fittingly friendly way to say goodbye.

Production: The Princess Raccoon Production Committee, Geneon Entertainment, Dentsu, Nippon Herald Films, Shochiku Co. Ltd., Eisei Gekijo, Ogura Jimusyo, Dentsu Tec. Producer: Satoru Ogura, Ikki Katashima. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Yoshio Urasawa. Cinematographer: Yonezou Maeda. Production Design: Takeo Kimura. Editor: Nobuyuki Ito. Music: Michiru Oshima, Ryomei Shirai. With: Zhang Ziyi, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimura, Mikijiro Hira, Saori Yuki.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 111 min.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 13, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States