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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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.