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Japan Society Film Program

The Japan Society Film Program has offered a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. The Program has included retrospectives of seminal directors, thematic series and special screenings of international, U.S. and NY premieres. Several original film series curated by Japan Society have traveled to other U.S. venues in tours organized by the Film Program. The Film Program has provided English subtitles for films which have never been screened outside of Japan. Accompanying lectures help place the films in their aesthetic and social contexts, and filmmakers often introduce and discuss their work.JAPAN CUTS, the Film Program's yearly film festival, offers a diverse selection of the most notable recent films from Japan, giving New Yorkers a first look at blockbusters and cinematic landmarks from cutting-edge independents to highly innovative animations. In its third year, JAPAN CUTS is the only large-scale annual Japanese film festival in North America that brings a sizable slice of Japan's contemporary film scene to New York City. The program is replete with exclusive Q&As with filmmakers, special events and more.

Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence

Festival presentation: 

March 9-19, 2011

This season, the Globus Film Series presents the Japanese gangster
movie genre through its various avatars, transformations and
contradictions, from 1960s productions featuring chivalrous
kimono-clad, sword-wielding gangsters and gamblers to today's ruthless
gun-toting villains dealing in debt, hustling hardcore porn and
scheming and scamming in dark trades and deeds. Over the past 50 years,
they've remained snarling, swaggering, tattooed and inexplicably sexy.
In the line-up, there will be blood and broken bones, hookers and
hopheads, and plenty of juicy political blackmail… in 15 films that
rack up the stiffs like Jacobean tragedies and show grand visions of
manly amity and betrayal: classics and lesser known titles by Kinji
Fukasaku, Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive), Hideo Gosha (The Wolves), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Rokuro Mochizuki (A Yakuza In Love, Onibi: The Fire Within) and Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza), among other offerings you can't refuse.

The violent romantic world of the yakuza (the Japanese mafia) steeped
in cryptic ritual and customs involving full-body tattoos and missing
digits, has long excited the imagination, decades before viewers
started existing on a diet of Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire
melodrama, and has been one of the mainstays of the Japanese film
industry since the 1960s. Harking back to the days when samurai still
embodied traditionalist values of honor, selfless duty (giri) and the noble warrior spirit (ninkyo)
on the silver screen, the shadowy demimonde of organized crime (which
included wandering gamblers and lowly peddlers) rivaled with the noble
swordsmen as the representatives of honor and heroism, in the context
of a rapidly changing society trying to come to terms with a shameful
defeat. In the darkness of movie theaters, they became the very picture
of superhuman macho cool and reptilian menace.

Festival Logo: 
Japanese Films
Fiction Features
Festival Info
Price info: 
$12/$9 Japan Society members, students & seniors
Next Festival Dates: 
03/09/2011 - 03/19/2011
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 


The Yakuza

Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 PM
Introduction and Q&A with director/writer Paul Schrader
(Taxi Driver, Raging Bull)

Onibi: The Fire Within

Thursday, March 10, 8:15 PM
+ Lecture
Introduction and Q&A with Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice

The Wolves

Friday, March 11, 7:30 PM
Followed by opening "Gangsta
Party" with High Teen Boogie!

Honor Amongst Ruffians Saturday
Or: the Films You'll Never Ever Find on DVD... Ever

The Walls of Abashiri Prison (pt. 3): Longing
for Home

網走番外地 望郷編
Saturday, March 12, 1 PM


Brutal Tales of Chivalry

Saturday, March 12, 3 PM
International Premiere!


Theater of Life: Hishakaku

人生劇場 飛車角
Saturday, March 12, 5:15 PM
U.S. Premiere!

Blood of Revenge

明治俠客伝 三代目襲名
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM

A Dog-Eat-Dog World Sunday

Cops Vs. Thugs

Sunday, March 13, 3:15 PM

Battles Without Honor and Humanity A.K.A. The Yakuza Papers (pt. 3):
Proxy War

仁義なき戦い 代理戦争
Sunday, March 13, 5:30 PM

Youth of the Beast

Sunday, March 13, 7:30 PM

Dead or Alive

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 PM
Introduction with Takashi Miike


A Yakuza in Love A.K.A. Villainous Love

Thursday, March 17, 7:30 PM
International Premiere!
With a special preview of
Bye Bye Kitty!!!


Friday, March 18, 7:30 PM
International Premiere!


Yakuza Wives

Saturday, March 19, 5 PM
U.S. Premiere!


Outrage: The Way of the Modern Yakuza

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 PM
Closing film--New York Premiere!

Festival Organization
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