ICJS Event: Japanese Cinema Eclectics - Curated by Donald Richie

Japanese Cinema Eclectics: A Multipart Series Devoted to Unexplored Tangents of the Japanese Film

Film: Fires on the Plain (Nobi)

Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Scenario by Natsuto Wada after the novel by Shohei Ooka
1959, 104 min.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
7:00 p.m. (starts at 8:00 p.m.)
Super-Deluxe (Access)
1,500 yen at door
Donald Richie

About the Film

One of the most powerful works from one of Japan’s most versatile filmmakers, Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008), Fires on the Plain is also one of the most convincing antiwar films ever made. By making us share the brutalities and horrors of the last days of the Imperial Japanese Army, it forces us to share the miseries that man brings upon himself. Private Tamura, the protagonist, keeps on living to the end, if only (as one critic has phrased it) “to set himself apart from the solders around him who, in their desperation, have begun to regard the mortal remains of their fallen comrades with hungry eyes.”

About Donald Richie

Donald Richie, former Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art, is also the author of many books on the Japanese cinema including his most recent, One Hundred Years of Japanese Film. He has also written on many other aspects of this country in which he has spent most of his life including the classic travel account, The Island Sea, and his latest, A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics.

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.