Cinedelphia and JASGP have a new slate of rare Japanese films set for another free screening series.
The Unknown Japan screening series returns for another six week engagement of Japanese film rarities beginning Wednesday, February 8. All screenings are held at The Bellevue (Broad/Walnut), 7th Floor at 7:00 PM. Admission and popcorn are free; projections are digital with English subtitles.
WED February 8, 2012, 7:00 PM
School in the Crosshairs (1981)
A gifted high school student fights invading Venusians. Pure filmmaking insanity from the director of the 1977 cult phenomenon House.
WED February 15, 2012, 7:00 PM
The Spiders Go Forward! (1967)
Late 60s rock group The Spiders star in this Beatles-esque musical comedy from director Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit).
WED February 22, 2012,7:00 PM
Topo Gigio and the Missile War (1967)
Kon Ichikawa (The BurmeseHarp, Tokyo Olympiad) directs the world famous Italianpuppet Topo Gigio in this live action anti-war tragicomedy. Endlessly inventive and ultra hip. With bonus screening of Ichikawa’s all-marionette film debut A Girl at DojoTemple (1946).
WED February 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
The Boxer (1977)
Counterculture figure Shuji Terayama (Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Pastoral: Hide & Seek) directs this Japanese response to Rocky starring the legendary Bunta Sugawara (The Man Who Stole the Sun).
WED March 7, 2012, 7:00 PM
Crazy Thunder Road (1980)
Punk filmmaker maestro Sogo Ishii’s (Burst City, Angel Dust) nihilistic youth film is often considered the greatest of all biker-gang movies. A dystopian future filled with broken windows, bones, and hearts; a milestone of high-octane cinema.
WED March 14, 2012, 7:00 PM
Undo (1994) + The Time of Death (2011)
Two 45 minute shorts from current directors that both take place in apartments: Shunji Iwai’s (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Vampire) Undo concerns a young woman suffering from “obsessive knot-‐binding syndrome”; Shinsuke Sato’s (The Princess Blade, Gantz) The Time of Death is a Hitchcockian thriller that will be making its U.S. Premiere at this screening.
Longer film synopses, trailers and photos are available at: unknown-japan.com