From July 12 through 14, International House of Philadelphia will host a film series highlighting the musicals of Japanese film maker, Umetsugu Inoue.
Inoue (1923–2010) worked in a variety of genres, but his musicals that stand out. In particular, The Stormy Man was a tremendous financial success that saved Nikkatsu Studios from ruin in the late 1950s. A decade later, his musical films caught the eye of the Shaw Brothers, who hired him to lend cosmopolitan glamour to their Hong Kong productions.
The IHouse retrospective includes just a fraction of his body of work, three of the films—The Stormy Man, The Winner, and The Eagle and the Hawk—are debuting in newly subtitled digital versions. The Green Music Box is a one-of-a-kind 35mm print from the National Film Center in Tokyo, restored through the rare Konicolor process that Inoue used to make it.
UMETSUGU INOUE: JAPAN’S MUSIC MAN runs July 12-14 at Lightbox Film Center and features the following films:
The Stormy Man
Thursday, July 12 at 7pm
Friday, July 13 at 7pm
The Green Music Box
Saturday, July 14 at 5pm
The Eagle and the Hawk
Saturday, July 14 at 8pm