ICJS Event: Japanese Cinema Eclectics - Curated by Donald Richie

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

Film: Naked Island (Hadaka No Shima)

Friday, August 4, 2006
7:00 p.m. (start at 8:00 p.m.)
Super Deluxe(Access)
Open to general public.
1,500 yen (valid for one day/one screening)
Introduction by Donald Richie in English Film Screening
Registration closed

About the Film: Naked Island (Hadaka No Shima)

Produced, written and directed by Shindo Kaneto.

Photographed by Kuroda Kiyomi. Music by Hayashi Hikaru. Edited by Enoki Kazuo. With Tonoyama Taiji, Otowa Nobuko and Tanaka Shinju. Produced by the Kindai Eiga Kyokai. B/W, 1960. 92mins.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 1960 Moscow Film Festival, this is a feature-length film made entirely without dialogue-but with full sound and a feature-length score. Director Shindo, who called this picture "a cinematic poem," wanted to make a film everyone would understand about a family struggling for existence on a small island in the Inland Sea. Showing their struggle during the four seasons-summer to spring-the director, later famous for Onibaba, made a film unlike any other.

About the "Japanese Cinema Eclectics"

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. From 1968 to 1973 he was Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Named by TIME magazine," the dean of Japan's arts critics," he is regarded as the preeminent authority on Japanese film. Susan Sontag has said of him "Donald Richie writes about Japan with an unrivaled range, acuity, and wit."

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

June 8 A Page Out Of Order (Kurutta Ippeiji) / (AKA A Crazy Page)
June 12Focus
Aug. 4 Naked Island, directed by Shindo Kaneto - A Silent Film with Music
Sep. 13Stirrings from the Underground
Aug. 4 Naked Island, directed by Shindo Kaneto - A Silent Film with Music
Sep. 13 Stirrings from the Underground
Oct. 4 Patriotism (Yukoku)
Nov. 15 Donald Richie-A Film Anthology