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Tattooed Life (Japan, 1965) & Carmen from Kawachi (Japan, 1966)

February 13, 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.”

Tattooed Life (Irezumi Ichidai) (Japan, 1965)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Set in the 1930s, Tattooed Life (1965) is the story of two brothers: Kenji, an art student, and Tetsu, who is working as a yakuza to help pay for Kenji’s tuition. When a hit job goes horribly wrong, the brothers flee. They end up finding work in a mine—and falling in love with the owner’s wife and daughter. But will Tetsu’s gang tattoos reveal the brothers’ secret past? The first film to earn director Seijun Suzuki a warning about “going too far” from his Nikkatsu bosses, Tattooed Life contains one of his most iconic and audacious violations of film form: a final fight scene in which the floor suddenly and illogically disappears, and the action is filmed from below the actors’ feet.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Masayuki Takagi. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Kei Hattori, Kinya Naoi. Cinematographer: Kuratarô Takamura. Production Design: Takeo Kimura. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Masayoshi Ikeda. With: Hideki Takahashi, Kotobuki Hananomoto, Akira Yomauchi, Hiroko Ito, Masako Izumi.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 87 min.

Followed by:
Carmen from Kawachi (Kawachi Karumen) (Japan, 1966)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

A 1960s riff on the opera Carmen (including a rock version of its famous aria “Habanero”), this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer. Her journey is fraught with exploitation and abuse at the hands of nefarious men—until Carmen seeks revenge. Mixing comedy, biting social commentary and director Seijun Suzuki’s customarily outrageous stylistic flourishes, this fast-paced gem is an overlooked classic from his creative late period at Nikkatsu Studios.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Shizuo Sakagami. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Based on a novel by Toko Kon. Screenwriter: Katsumi Miki. Cinematographer: Shigeyoshi Mine. Production Design: Takeo Kimura. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Taichiro Kosugi. With: Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi, Michio Hino, Shoichi Kuwayama.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 89 min.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


February 13, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States