Japan Film Night and Earthquake Relief

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WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE

Cordially invites you to:

JAPAN FILM NIGHT AND EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

Featuring the Japanese classic film KURONEKO (BLACK CAT)

EVENT DETAILS

THURSDAY MARCH 24 2011

PRESCREEN MEETUP
5:30 – 7:30PM
Bistro D’Oc
518 10th St NW
(10th between E and F)

FILM STARTS
7:45PM
Landmark E St. Cinema
555 11th Street NW
(E St between 10th & 11th)


ABOUT THE FILM

KURONEKO (Black Cat)

In war-torn medieval Japan, a demon haunts the Rajomon Gate. The governor sends a fearless war hero (Kichiemon Nakamura) to confront the spirit, but what the man finds are two beautiful women (Nobuko Otowa, Kiwako Taichi) who look just like his lost mother and wife. Both a chilling ghost story and a meditation on the nature of war and social hypocrisy, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is the second horror triumph from writer/director Kaneto Shindô (Onibaba, The Island), who mixes stunning visuals, an evocative score, and influences from Noh theater to create an atmospheric, haunting and emotionally devastating masterpiece. Released to great acclaim in 1968, Kuroneko is loosely based on the Japanese folktale The Cat’s Return and will be presented with a new 35mm print!

Director: Kaneto Shindô

Cast: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kiwako Taichi, Kei Satô, Taiji Tonoyama, Rokko Toura, Hideo Kanz, Eimei Esumi, Masashi Oki

MPAA Rating: NR

Run Time: 1hr 39mins

Release Year: 1968

Country Of Origin: Japan

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Reviews:
“A ghost story that’s more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.”
–Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Kaneto Shindô’s Kuroneko may take the cake.”
–Michael Atkinson, Village Voice


A PORTION OF YOUR TICKET WILL GO TO
THE SAVE THE CHILDREN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY FUND