ICJS Event: Japanese Cinema Eclectics—Curated by Donald Richie

A Multi-part Series Devoted to Unexplored Tangents of the Japanese Film

Film: An Abnormal Family - My Elder Brother's Bride

Written and Directed by Masayuki Suo, 1984, 63 mins.
Produced by Tasuke Asakura with haruhiko Fukano, Kurara Hanayama, Raibu Hara, Kaoru Kaze, and Ren Osugi.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Start: 8:00 p.m..
SuperDeluxe (Access)
Open to general public.
1,500 yen (Membhership Fee: valid for one day/one screening)
Introduction by Donald Richie in English
Film in Japanese with English subtitles (film to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Donald Richie)
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This program consists of a short talk on Ozu's style, and will feature a screening of Masayuki Suo's Ozu pastiche An Abnormal Family.

About Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu is one of Japan's finest and most beloved film directors. His, Tokyo Story, is perhaps the finest of all Japanese films. In a body of work that compromised well over fifty films, Ozu refined the means of the motion picture through means as radical as his traditional subject matter. Most of his films are about the Japanese family. The camera is always in the same position, about three feet off the floor, the viewpoint of the person sitting in a Japanese room. The camera never pans (turns its head) or dollies (follows the subject). The only punctuation is the straight cut. This radical conservatism had allowed critics to call Ozu the most Japanese of all Japanese directors, and to compare his famous low-angle view to that of the tea-master or even Zen-roshi. It has also invited impudence.

About Donald Richie

This monthly series will feature relatively unknown but important Japanese avant garde films selected by Donald Richie, the former Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art in New York (1969-1973), and a renowned authority on Japanese film. Donald Richie came to Japan in 1947 as feature writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. After the end of the Occupation, he became film critic for The Japan Times and still continues with that paper as Arts Critic. During the following years he wrote a number of books, including The Films of Akira Kurosawa (1965); Ozu (1974), and One Hundred Years of Japanese Film (2002). In addition, he has written over forty books about the country in which he has been resident for nearly sixty years. These include: The Inland Sea (1971), Japanese Portraits (1991), and his latest work, The Japan Journals: 1947-2004.

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.

Japanese Cinema Eclectics
Film Schedule

April 6 Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
May 23Vibrator
July 21 Avalon
Sept. 11 Sway (Yureru)
Oct. 17 An Abnormal Family - My Elder Brother's Bride