Unknown Japan season 5 screening schedule

It’s that time of year again, Unknown Japan is back with six free screenings of rare Japanese films that will hopefully help brighten these dark Winter months.  Programmed by Cinedelphia.com in conjunction with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and in association with One Book One Philadelphia.  Additional info, trailers, and stills are available at the Unknown Japan website.



The Winter 2013 film slate will be held at The Bellevue, 7th Floor (first half) and at PhilaMOCA (second half), all films begin at 7:30 PM.  All films are screened digitally with English subtitles; admission and popcorn are free.

WED, February 13, 2013 @ The Bellevue : Rambling Guitarist (1959)
The first installment of a classic nine-film Nikkatsu series concerning a young wandering delinquent with a good heart.

WED, February 20, 2013 @ The Bellevue : Golgo 13 (1973)
The first live-action adaptation of Japan’s longest running manga series featuring an entirely Iranian cast aside from star Ken Takakura.

WED, February 27, 2013 @ The Bellevue : Godspeed You! Black Emperor (1976)
The definitive documentary on Japan’s motorcycle-riding youth culture of the 1970s that focuses upon the day-to-day activities of the Black Emperors gang.

WED March 6, 2013 @ PhilaMOCA : Hachi-ko (1987)
The most well-known of the many adaptations of the heartbreaking story of Japan’s most loyal dog, Hachi; the highest grossing Japanese film of 1987.

WED March 13, 2013 @ PhilaMOCA : Sweet Home (1989)
An oddball, pop art haunted house film from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata).

WED March 20, 2013 @ PhilaMOCA : University of Laughs (2004)
A surprisingly heartwarming tale of art censorship during WWII; a young playwright spars with a government censor in this adaptation of a much-loved stage play.

There will also be an additional Unknown Japan screening featuring a guest curator on Wednesday, April 10 as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival.

The Bellevue : 200 S. Broad Street (Broad/Walnut), 7th Floor
PhilaMOCA : 531 N. 12th Street


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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.

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