Every February, the Center for East Asian Studies and JASGP co-present a free series of themed films. This year’s film series ties to the Wolf Humanities Center 2017-18 theme of Afterlives. Whether religious or secular, medical or magical, and horror or fantasy, the topic of afterlives is a favorite media topic. To speak of afterlives is to question identity, time, and even the nature of being alive. From loss to recovery, from ineradicable legacies to unexpected returns, the Penn forum aims to touch on every aspect of what happens after life.
The films selected for Afterlives: Films of Life and Rebirth from Japan offer creative interpretations of the afterlife. The specter of nuclear half-life hangs over Record of a Living Being and Godzilla Resurgence — the latter a “reboot” of Japan’s best-known monster. Ringu, which was remade as The Ring in the United States and inspired domestic Japanese sequels, touches on both the spiritual and technological afterlife, while After Life centers around the persistence (and embellishment) of memories.
Afterlives: Films of Life and Rebirth from Japan is a free film series, open to the public. Each film will screen on Wednesday evenings in February, beginning at 7 PM; all screenings will take place in Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402. Learn more about each of the films by clicking the links below.
February 7: Kurosawa Akira, Ikimono no kiroku 生きものの記錄 (Record of a Living Being, a.k.a. I Live In Fear), 1955
February 14: Kore’eda Hirokazu, Wandafuru raifu ワンダフル•ライフ (After Life), 1998
February 21: Nakata Hideo, Ringu リング (Ring), 1998
February 28: Anno Hideaki, Shin Gojira シン・ゴジラ (Godzilla Resurgence), 2016