“Pigs & Battleships” — Youth Rebellion in Japanese Cinema

Pigs & Battleships, Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1961.

Pigs & Battleships

In postwar, occupied Japan, Kinta (Hiroyuki Nagato) is a young hustler working for the local Yakuza crime boss. The gang is entering the pig farming business, and Kinta is put in charge of raising the pigs and promised a big bonus when they’re sold. However, the police are cracking down on the Yakuza following a recent hit, and Kinta may be expected to take the fall. To make matters worse, Kinta’s girlfriend has been sold off as a bride to an American, leaving even his personal life in flux. (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1961, 108 min.)

Saturday, April 20, 2024
Lightbox Film Center
401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA / Google Maps ❯❯

$10 General Admission • $8 Students/Seniors • FREE for JASGP Members

All films will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles.

Youth Rebellion in Japanese Cinema

Youth Rebellion is a universally relatable concept that teenagers and adolescents throughout the world experience. While varied in how it manifests across countries and time periods, rebellion is a rite of passage in both the United States and Japan.

As the closing program of the 2024 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, and in partnership with Lightbox Film Center, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents Youth Rebellion in Japanese Cinema, a curated series of six films exploring the topic of youth rebellion across six decades of Japanese cinema, from immediate postwar Japan to the early 2000s “Cool Japan” era.


Funding for this program was provided by The Japan Foundation, New York and is presented in partnership by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Lightbox Film Center.


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