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Terayama Shūji Film Retrospective at XIX New Horizons International Film Festival

An important event of the 19th New Horizons festival will be Poland's first retrospective of works by Terayama Shūji (1935-1983), one of the most prominent avant-garde reformers of Japanese cinema and theater.  curator: Nikodem Karolak It would be difficult to find another Japanese artist like Shūji Terayama. Despite the fact that he has been dead for […]

Terayama Shūji Retrospective at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Kaleidoscope on the Screen Terayama Shūji’s diverse creative projects were often interconnected: his films and dramas intertwined to form an eerie and imaginary world filled with dreams of erotic fantasy and escape. He frequently made autobiographical inferences within his surreal films. Kaleidoscope on Screen will showcase the avant-garde director’s 4 feature films and 2 short experimental […]

Nuhikun - Directions to Servants

Nuhikun  –   Directions to Servants Laboratory of Theatre Play Ban’yū Inryoku Writer Terayama Shūji Director, music J.A. Seazer Co-director Keitoku Takata Set design, costumes, make-up Nobutaka Kotake Production manager Ogasawara Mikio Assistant production manager Satō Shiho Sound Ozaki Hiroyuki Lighting Yamazaki Kayo, Masamura Sanami Props Hatano Uno, Mitsumata Haruka Performers Keitoku Takata, Kobayashi Rie, […]

Education for Madmen

Education for Madmen Ikenoshita Theatrical Company Writer Terayama Shūji Director Nagano Kazufumi Production manager Tanaka Shin'ichi Lighting Adachi Naomi Sound Kōnuma Kaoru Performers Aoki Iori, Fukasawa Yukihiro , Sumio, Iwakiri Chabo, Hirasawa You, Iguchi Kaori, Sakura Kyoshiro, Yoshitaka Na Premiere 2006 Running time 60 min Language Japanese with Polish and English captions Director Nagano Kazufumi  […]

Exhibition: Sugiyama Takuya

Exhibition: Sugiyama Takuya Sugiyama Takuya – painter and film actor, graduated from the Tama Bijutsu University in Tokyo, associated with Agora Gallery in New York, a representative of modern abstract painting in which the world appears as energy, a series of interwoven lines, imitating reality. He collaborated with such artists and directors as Yukisada Isao, […]

Exhibition: Tenjō Sajiki

Exhibition: Tenjō Sajiki Tenjō Sajiki was a Japanese independent theatre troupe led by Terayama Shūji and active between 1967 and 1983. Considered to be a major phenomenon of the Japanese underground scene, the group has produced a number of stage works marked by experimentalism, folklore influences, social provocation, grotesque eroticism and the flamboyant fantasy characteristic of […]

The Nude Woman

The Nude Woman (Roshutsukyō no onna) Genre: Drama/Erotic • 71 min • 1996 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective Epistolary film – a grotesque on women who have a quirky tendency to expose themselves nude in public Director Shiota Akihiko Cast Aoyama Reiko, Sugiyama Reina Language(s) in Japanese with English/Polish subtitles Special Guest(s) Shiota Akihiko, Jasper Sharp, Stephan […]

Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back (Dokomade mo ikō) Genre: Drama/Youth Film •75 min •1999 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective Director Shiota Akihiko focuses on a central relationship between two schoolchildren – Akira and Koichi, ten years old but real tearaways who encourage each other in their misdeeds. They have everything to discover. But a cloud arrives on the horizon […]

Moonlight Whispers

Moonlight Whispers (Gekkō no sasayaki) Genre: Drama/Youth Film •100 min •1999 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective Satsuki and Takuya are high school students who meet at kendo practice, where they bash one another with wooden swords. They begin an awkward romance, but Takuya soon reveals a masochistic side to his desires. He has been stealing Satsuki’s soiled […]

Harmful Insect

Harmful Insect (Gaichū) Genre: Drama/Youth Film • 92 min • 2001 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective 13-year-old Sachiko is about to encounter the most difficult moments in her young life. Her father abandons her and her mother attempts to commit suicide by slashing her wrist. Her teacher, whom she relies on heavily, leaves for northern Japan to […]

Canary

Canary (Kanaria) Genre: Drama/Youth Film • 132 min • 2004 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective Two children, each abandoned by their families, come together in the wake of the Sarin gas attack in Tokyo. Based on the true events of the deadly gas attacks perpetrated by members of the Aum Shinrikyō cult on the Tokyo subway system. Director […]

Promise

Promise (Yakusoku) Genre: Drama (Short) • 15 min • 2004 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective A tender story about a reunion. Once a month 7-year-old Haruka is visited by her father from whom she lives apart. Step by step they get closer to each other. Director Shiota Akihiko Cast Matsuura Yūya, Watanabe Sorami, Kawai Aoba Language(s) in […]

Lifeline

Lifeline (Hiru mo Yoru mo) Genre: Drama/Youth Film • 78 min • 2016 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective Ryosuke involuntarily runs an inherited used car dealership in the sticks, some way outside Tokyo.  When a girl is dumped by the driver of a car on the road outside his forecourt, his life starts to turn upside-down. Director […]

Wet Woman in the Wind

Wet Woman in the Wind (Kaze ni nureta onna) Genre: Pink Film • 78 min • 2016 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective One afternoon, Shiori, a very sexually active young woman working in a café, is riding her bicycle and cuts off Kosuke, who is pulling a two-wheeled cart. Once a recognized playwright, Kosuke now lives a […]

Farewell Song

Farewell Song (Sayōnara kuchibiru) Genre: Drama/Youth Film • 116 min • 2019 Shiota Akihiko Retrospective A female duo band Haruleo hires a handsome roadie Shima. Contrary to their success, adding a male leads them to the love-triangle. They set out on their final tour after deciding the break-up. Director Shiota Akihiko Cast Komatsu Nana, Kadowaki […]

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Kōya no Datchi Waifu) Genre: Pink Film • 85 min • 1967 ERO-NITES Meeting in a blasted, barren wilderness, the hitman Shō is hired by wealthy real estate agent Naka to track down his kidnapped lover, Sae. Naka shows him a poor quality film of the girl being beaten […]

Blue Film Woman

Blue Film Woman (Burū firumu no onna) Genre: Pink Film • 80 min • 1969 ERO-NITES Blue Film Woman is a feverish mishmash of a horror, a blackmail sexploitation and trippy nightclub sequences revolving around the daughter of a stockbroker who is brought to his knees by an unexpected financial crash. In order to stave […]

Dare to Stop Us

Dare to Stop Us (Tomerareru ka, oretachi wo) Genre: Drama/Biography • 119 min • 2018 ERO-NITES Introduction to eroduction. In Spring 1969, 21-year-old Megumi Yoshizumi goes to Wakamatsu Production. The company makes films popular with young people. Pink film director Wakamatsu Kōji gathers there with young talented people who are all fascinated with movie making. […]

August in the Water

August in the Water (Mizu no naka no hachigatsu) Genre: Drama • 117 min • 1995 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective A teenage girl gains supernatural power after an accident and comes to understand her place in the universe. Director Sōgo Ishii Cast Komine Rena, Aoki Shinsuke, Matsuo Reiko, Takarai Masaaki Language(s) in Japanese with English/Polish […]

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

The Legend of the Star Dust Brothers (Hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu) Genre: Comedy/Musical • 100 min • 1985 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective In 1985, Tezuka Makoto, the son of a manga genius Tezuka Osamu, was still a film student with a few experimental shorts to his credit and who was entrusted with the mission to […]

Lowlife Love

Lowlife Love (Gesu no ai) Genre: Drama • 110 min • 2015 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective A relentlessly cynical black comedy that takes a look under the rug of the Japanese film industry, where scheming lowlife producers, filmmakers and actors get by through exploitation and intimidation. The biggest lowlife is Tetsuo, who made a minor […]

Love and Other Cults

Love and Other Cults (Kemonomichi) Genre: Drama • 95 min • 2017 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective Born in a small town in Japan, a young girl named Ai is sent to a cult commune by her religious maniac mother and lives there for seven long years. After the cult is exposed by the police, Ai […]

Hanagatami

Hanagatami (Hanagatami) Genre: Drama • 168 min • 2017 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective The film tells a story of the purity of youth beset by the chaos of war, inspired by Ōbayashi’s own childhood. It revolves around Toshihiko, a sixteen-year-old kid who moves with his aunt to Karatsu, and develops friendships and romances with the […]

Asako I & II

Asako I & II (Nete mo samete mo) Genre: Drama • 119 min • 2018 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a […]

Empty

Empty (Karappo) Genre: Drama/Comedy • 60 min • 2018 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective Watarase Machi is an extreme part-timer who bounces around a number of part-time jobs on mornings, afternoons, and evenings for 365 days of the year. One day at the Japanese pub where she works, Machi meets a reclusive artist named Yoshito who […]

The Sea

The Sea (Kaibatsu)  Genre: Drama • 80 min • 2018 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective The story revolves around Hiroshi, a timid high school student, who is bullied by two classmates. Hiroshi dreams of getting to a university in order to leave his mundane coastal town and escape his torturing life, but his life changes forever, […]

Orphans' Blues

Orphan's Blues (Ōfanzu Burūsu) Genre: Drama • 99 min • 2018 Japanese Contemporary Film Retrospective Emma lives in a world where heat predominates. One day, she receives a painting from her missing, childhood friend, Yang, with whom she grew up. Emma and Yang’s young brother, Van, set up a trip to find him. As they […]