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Exhibition film seasons and film festivals at the Southeast Museum of Photography are co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research at Daytona State College.
DIRECTORIAL MASTERS of JAPAN - Select Fridays at 1:30 pm
Japan produced one of the deepest and most revered traditions of serious cinema in the late Twentieth Century. This series looks at the key works of three of Japan’s greatest film directors: Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Yasujiro Ozu.

Rashomon   Rashômon
January 25 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1950) 88 min.

Considered one of his masterpieces, this 1950 Japanese crime drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa introduced Japanese cinema and Kurosawa to Western audiences. Set in feudal Japan, this film presents an intriguing tale of violent crime in the woods and only two things about the incident seem to be clear -- the woman was raped and her husband is now dead. The film gives us four viewpoints of the incident -- each revealing a little more detail though the real truth about what happened leads to confusing and surprising revelations.

Throne_blood   Throne of Blood
February 1 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1957) 110 min.

Also known as Spider’s Web Castle this film is an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Macbeth as a samurai set in feudal Japan. A valiant warrior’s life is transformed by an encounter with a ghostly female spirit who offers predictions of his life stating that he will rise to power over the current warlord. Soon after he and his ambitious wife set out to achieve this goal, his guilt and suspicions of others soon bring about his downfall.

Yojimbo   Yojimbo
February 8 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1961) 110 min.

A period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa that tells the story of a rōnin (a masterless samurai) during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for supremacy. Each one hires the newcomer as a bodyguard (Yojimbo) and he plays each side against one another so that they destroy each other. Imprisoned for his "treachery," he escapes just in time to watch the two warring sides wipe each other out. Inspired in part by the western film genre.

Sanjuro   Sanjuro
February 15 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1962) 96min.

A companion piece to Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo, this tale of false perceptions and truth, of honor and dishonor, is set in the mid-19th century when the disintegration of a rigid social structure was turning the wealthy into paupers, and vice-versa. When jaded samurai Sanjuro arrives in a small city, he discovers that a band of nine men are anxious to overthrow the corrupt ruling elite, so he helps this idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan’s evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a “proper” samurai on its ear.

Dersu_Uzala   Dersu Uzala
March 1 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan/USSR, 1974) 110 min.

This is the story of an elderly guide and hunter who, at the turn of the century, agrees to shepherd a Russian explorer and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous wilderness of the Far East. The film is shot almost entirely outdoors in the Russian Far East wilderness a few months after Kurosawa’s attempted suicide. Four years in the making, it won the 1976 Best Foreign Film Oscar and restored Akira Kurosawa to the top ranks of the Japanese film industry.

Tokyo_Twilight   Tokyo Twilight
March 8 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1957) 141 min.

Ozu's final black-and-white picture, Tokyo Twilight is a piercing portrait of family strife that explores issues of maternal abandonment, broken families and substance abuse through the portrayal of two sisters who grew up under the guardianship of their father after their mother walked out on the family. They are astonished when their mother, long thought to be dead, turns up alive, and even more stunned when they learn what their mother's life has been.

Late_Spring   Late Spring
March 22 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1949) 108 min.

Considered to be one of the most powerful of Ozu’s family portraits, it was written and shot during the Allied Powers' Occupation of Japan and subject to the Occupation's official censorship requirements, Late Spring belongs to the type of Japanese film known as shomingeki, a genre that deals with the ordinary daily lives of working class and middle class people of modern times. The film revolves around Noriko who is a 27 year old woman who chooses to stay at home and care for her widowed father who would prefer to see her marry and have a life for herself.

Tokyo-Story   Tokyo Story
March 29 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1953) 136 min.

Often regarded as Ozu's masterpiece, and has appeared several times in the British Film Institute’s list of the greatest films ever made, Tokyo Story is a relatively simple story of an old couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their children, though they find that they are too busy in their lives and do not have much time for them. Ironically, the only person who treats them with kindness is their daughter-in-law.

Sansho   Sansho the Bailiff
April 5 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1954) 124 min.

Sansho was the last of Mizoguchi's films to win an award at the Venice Film Festival, which brought him to the attention of Western critics and film-makers. It tells the story of a local governor who was exiled because of his honesty and integrity. Unable to join him, his wife and two children are kidnapped and sold into slavery. This film bears his trademark interest in freedom, poverty and women's place in society, and features beautiful images and long and complicated shots.

Street_shame   Street of Shame
April 12 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1956) 89 min.

Mizoguchi’s socially conscious drama and critique of society's hypocrisies and exploitative treatment of women; this film was reportedly instrumental in the outlawing of prostitution in Japan. This gritty drama is about the personal tales of six Japanese prostitutes who work at Dreamland, a brothel in the red-light district of Tokyo. Coming from different backgrounds, each one has a story of hardship, and various strategies to get out of the business. The film is based on the novel Susaki no Onna by Yoshiko Shibaki.

Oharu   The Life of Oharu
April 26 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1952) 148 min.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi who was a lifelong advocate of the equitable treatment for Japanese women, this film tells the story of Oharu, a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan, who struggles to escape the stigma of having been sold into prostitution by her father, and has lived a life of catch-as-catch-can alternating between brief moments of happiness and lonely and abusive servitude to those she despised. Starring Kinuyo Tanaka who became the first Japanese female director.

Ugetsu   Ugetsu
May 3 at 1:30 pm
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1953) 96 min.

Created during Japan's Golden Age of Film Ugetsu is regarded by critics as a masterwork of Japanese cinema. During the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants want to make their fortunes. One is a potter and strategizes how to sell his wares in the local city, the other dreams of being a Samurai. In their quest for wealth they abandon their wives and children and soon discover the price they have to pay for their ambition.



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