campaign image Japan Restored (still from Floating Weeds (Ukikusa) (Yasujirō Ozu, JP 1959))
still from Floating Weeds (Ukikusa) (Yasujirō Ozu, JP 1959)

Films, talks & events

Japan Restored

6 — 23 December 2019

still from The Life of Oharu (Saikaku Ichidai Onna) (Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1952)
still from The Life of Oharu (Saikaku Ichidai Onna) (Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1952)

Also screened is the meticulously restored The Ballad of Narayama (1983), Shohei Imamura’s later Golden Palm winner at Cannes.

The golden years of Japanese cinema, the 1950s, are brought to life in a programme featuring brand new 4K restorations of seven classics in an international tour organised by The Japan Foundation.

still from The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama bushikō) (Shōhei Imamura, JP 1983))
still from The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama bushikō) (Shōhei Imamura, JP 1983))
still from The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu Monogatari) (Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1954)
still from The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu Monogatari) (Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1954)

Japan Restored opens with The Crucified Lovers by the socially engaged Kenji Mizoguchi, who in his stylised films had a remarkable eye for the position of women in Japanese society. The programme includes rarely screened films such as Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff and Yasujiro Ozu’s Floating Weeds, films that prove there is still much to be discovered in Japanese cinema.

still from The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (Ochazuke no aji) (Yasujirō Ozu, JP 1952)
still from The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (Ochazuke no aji) (Yasujirō Ozu, JP 1952)

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