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The Sleeping Beast Within (Japan, 1960) & Smashing the O-Line (Japan, 1960)

February 27, 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.”

The Sleeping Beast Within (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

A businessman vanishes upon his return from an overseas trip, and his daughter hires a reporter to help find him. When the father reappears, the reporter becomes suspicious and starts digging deeper, uncovering a secret world of heroin smuggling and murder—all tied up with a mysterious Sun God cult. This proto-Breaking Bad moves to an energetic pulp fiction beat all the way to its spectacular conflagration of an ending.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Takiko Kaburagi. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Ichiro Ikeda. Cinematographer: Shigeyoshi Mine. Production Design: Kimihiko Nakamura. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Hajime Kaburagi. With: Hiroyuki Nagato, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Shoichi Ozawa, Shinsuke Ashida, Hisano Yamaoka.

35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 86 min.

Followed by:

Smashing the O-Line (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

This crime thriller features one of the most nihilistic characters in director Seijun Suzuki’s early films: Katiri, a reporter so ambitiously amoral that he’ll sell out anyone—including his partner and the drug dealer he’s sleeping with— to get a scoop. But what happens when an even more ruthless female gang boss kidnaps his sister? With its jazzy musical score and sordid milieu of drug smuggling and human trafficking, Smashing the O-Line (1960) is one of Suzuki’s darkest urban tales.

Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Shozo Ashida. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Yasuro Yokoyoma. Cinematographer: Shigeyoshi Mine, Toshitaro Nakao. Production Design: Kazuhiko Chiba. Editor: Akira Suzuki. Music: Taichiro Kosugi. With: Hiroyuki Nagato, Mayumi Shimizu, Yuji Odaka, Sanae Nakahara, Tomo’o Nagai.

35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 83 min.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


February 27, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States