Kenji MIsumi, Museum of the Moving Image
The Homely Sister (Namida gawa)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 4:00 P.M.
1967, 79 mins. 35mm. With Shiho Fujimura, Kiku Wakayagi. In this touching and perceptive drama set in the nineteenth-century Edo period, two sisters have sacrificed their personal happiness to care for their ailing father. Younger Otaka falls in love but can't accept a marriage proposal because, traditionally, the older sister needs to marry first. When older sister Oshizu learns of this decision, she takes matters in her own hands.
Yotsuya Ghost Story (Yotsuya kaidan)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5:00 P.M.
1959, 84 mins. 35mm. With Kazuo Hasegawa, Yasuko Nakata. In one of Japan's most frequently told ghost stories, a murdered wife returns in an act of vengeance. This time around, however, she may have her husband there to help. Misumi's brilliant black-and-white version of this bloody tale puts a new twist on the old story. With some of the best special effects of his early career, Misumi's Yotsuya Ghost Story is a thrilling and chilling horror film.
Homeless Drifter (Mushuku mono)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 P.M.
1964, 89 mins. 35mm. With Raizo Ichikawa. Mushuku mono follows Ipponmatsu, a wandering gambler, as he travels to a nearby village in search of his father's killer. The deeper he gets into the underworld of the city, the more unexpected twists he must face. Unique for its inclusion of local citizens aiding the hero in his battle for peace, Mushuku mono delves thoughtfully into social issues of the samurai era. Beautifully filmed in widescreen color, it's also a grand experiment in creating motion through choreography and editing.
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Photo: The Homely Sister