The Cinedelphia-curated Unknown Japan series returns for its sixth season with another batch of rarities from the world of Japanese cinema. I think it’s the best lineup yet, if I do say so myself…full details can be found at Unknown-Japan.com…
WED August 7, 2013 : Summer Time Machine Blues (2005)
Katsuyuki Motohiro, currently one of Japan’s most successful commercial directors, presents this clever, pop art time travel film that concerns a collegiate sci-fi club on a quest to repair their broken air conditioner during the dead heat of mid-summer.
WED August 14, 2013 : Peach Boy (1956)
The Japanese folklore classic is adapted into a large-scale, family friendly musical fantasy. A boy born from a giant peach grows up to defend his town from invading ogres with the help of his talking animal friends.
WED August 21, 2013 : Summer Garden (1994)
The great Shiji Somai (Typhoon Club) directs this summer-set tale of three young boys obsessed with death who stalk an old man in hopes of witnessing his eventual passing. A surprisingly heart-warming coming of age tale.
WED August 28, 2013 : Samurai Pirate (1963)
The legendary Toshiro Mifune stars in this Sinbad-like adventure film that features grand sets, crazy costumes, and some fun supernatural elements. It also contains the timeless image of Mifune flying around while tied to a giant kite.
WED September 4, 2013 : The Drifting Classroom (1987)
Nobuhiko Obayashi, the cult favorite director of Hausu, adapts this English-language manga adaptation that features an international cast including Troy Donahue. An international boarding school is lifted from the Earth by a tornado and touches down on a desolate alien world. It contains all of the Obayashi craziness that you’d expect including musical numbers, weird effects, and out-of-place melodrama.
WED September 11, 2013 : Farewell to the Summer Light (1968)
This masterpiece of the Japanese new wave is a globe-trotting romance featuring a young scholar and a married woman as they muse upon their forbidden romance against the ‘60s jetset culture. Skilfully shot high art that leans more towards the nouvelle vague than the nuberu bagu.
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