ICJS Event: Japanese Cinema Eclectics—Curated by Donald Richie

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

Film: Horrors of Malformed Men

Thursday, May 22, 2008
8:00 p.m. Start (7:00 p.m. Open)
SuperDeluxe (Access)
Open to general public.
1,500 yen (valid for one day/one screening)
Introduction and Q&A by Donald Richie in English (Film in Japanese with English subtitles)
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About the Film: Horrors of Malformed Men

"Transgressive. Disturbing. Depraved. Enter the mad world of Teruo Ishii and submerge yourself in the shocking fantasies of a malformed mind - the greatest unsung classic in the history of cult cinema. Banned for decades! The most notorious Japanese horror film even made. "Thus the hype for this famous but unseen film. A young medical student, abducted into an insane asylum, takes the place of a deceased brother he never knew he had, and escapes to confront his mad father on the mysterious island where men (and women) are malformed and mutilated. Based on the stories of Rampo Edogawa, the finished film was disliked, neglected and eventually banished by the studio that made it, but is now famous as the only commercial film appearance of Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of the Butoh dance movement, and - as both the insane and the malformed - his troupe.

This single showing (the original Japanese with English subtitle) is made possible by the gracious permission of Toei Motion Picture Company and Synapse Film (USA), Panic House Entertainment.

Directed by Teruo Ishii, Written by Masahiro Kakefuda and Teruo Ishii with Teruo Yoshida, Minoru Oki, Yukie Kagawa, Asao Koike, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi, and Tatsumi Hijikata, 1969, 99 mins.

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.