ANU’s Department of Pacific and Asian History and the Japan Institute are proud to present a series of historically and artistically significant award-winning films from Japan. Our latest series features seven films recognised as masterpieces by Kinema Junpō, one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious film journals. All the selected films are either recipients of Kinema Junpō’s Best Japanese Film Award, or were included in the journal’s 2009 list of the top ten best Japanese films of all time.
This week's screening will be Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate Dir. Yūzō Kawashima, 1957.
A riotous comedy with a free-flowing spirit, set in the late Tokugawa period (circa 1850) but taking clever satirical jabs at contemporary Japan. The great Shōhei Imamura considered Kawashima his true mentor. Placed #4 in Kinema Junpō’s ten best Japanese films of all time (2009 list).).
Screenings: (Wednesdays) 4:00 P.M. start. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP is appreciated but not essential.