Thursday, October 16, 2008

All night Kiyoshi Kurosawa at Tokyo International Film Fest

by Chris MaGee

Kiyoshi Kurosawa has very quickly moved from being known just as the most art house director of the J-horror genre to being the top contender for the most important filmmaker in contemporary Japanese cinema. A lot of this has to do with his latest film "Tokyo Sonata" that has had critics reevaluating his earlier filmography, and not just his horror films either. Now those lucky enough to be attending this year's Tokyo International Film Festival will get a chance to see some of those films in an all night retrospective titled "The World of Kiyoshi Kurosawa" that is taking place October 23rd at 11:00 p.m. and running until 7:00 a.m. the next morning at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills.

Besides Kurosawa's highly-symbolic 1999 eco-horror film "Charisma" which has been selected to be screened by a fan ballot the majority of the programme focuses on Kurosawa's early works (Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself 5: The Nouveau Riche, Serpent's Path) as well as recent short films (Matasaburo the wind imp/Kenji Miyazawa, Soul Dancing).

It sounds like a great night. Thanks to Jason Gray for the details on this.

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