Cinedelphia and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia present Unknown Japan II, a followup to this past winter’s successful screening series of rare Japanese films. Admission remains FREE and the formats remain digital, but this time around we’re hosting the screenings at a different venue every week in an effort to showcase the large variety of outlets that Philadelphia has to offer for repertory film screenings. Here’s the schedule:
WED August 10 : Age of Assassins (1967) @ Bellevue (7th Fl.)
The director and star of The Sword of Doom reteam for this visually hip tale of a bumbling teacher who is hunted down by strange hitwomen, Nazi scientists, and the Japanese military.
WED August 17 : The New Earth (1937) @ Gershman Y
A German/Japanese co-production of pre-WWII propaganda that is equally confounding and entertaining. Starring Setsuko Hara, one of the most fondly remembered actresses of the golden age of Japanese cinema (Tokyo Story; Sound of the Mountain).
WED August 24 : Wicked Priest (1968) @ Broad Street Ministry
The star of the beloved Lone Wolf and Cub series portrays the titular Wicked Priest, a holy man who is equally devoted to women, gambling, and alcohol. The first in a series of five films that also spawned a spin-off series for co-star Bunta Sugawara.
FRI August 26 : UNKNOWN ANIME: 1920s – 50s @ Shofuso Japanese House
A family-friendly program of early Japanese animation from the 1920s – 50s screened inside of Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House & Garden. 70 minutes of vintage anime.
WED September 7 : Typhoon Club (1985) @ TBD
An atmospheric and oftentimes brutal take on The Breakfast Club featuring a group of students trapped in their junior high school during a typhoon. Most notable for the award-winning performance of Tomokazu Miura (Outrage; The Taste of Tea).
WED September 14 : The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979) @ Bellevue (7th Fl.)
We return to the Bellevue for the series finale and we’ve saved the best for last. Often cited as one of the greatest Japanese films ever made, director Kazuhiko Hasegawa and co-writer Leonard Schrader (brother of Paul) crafted an anarchic tale of nuclear terrorism starring Kenji “Julie” Sawako (singer of 60s rock group The Tigers and frequent actor who has worked with everyone from Suzuki to Miike) and genre heavyweight Bunta Sugawara. One of Cinedelphia’s favorite Japanese films.
For trailers and further information visit: unknown-japan.com.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.