Battles With Honor

Battles With Honor

 Fukasaku Kinji Film Marathon

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Beginning at 9:00 AM

Architecture Building Auditorium

(Room 205)

University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus

Free and Open to the Public

Curated by Earl
Jackson, Jr.

Sponsored by  East Asian Languages and Literatures, UHM

First known in the west as the co-director of  Tora, Tora,
, Fukasaku Kinji will be remembered for recreating and revivifying
the yakuza-film genre from the inside-out. In „content,“ such as Battle
without a Code of Honor are acid-edged sociopolitical exposes and philosophical
inquiries; in „form“ they are revelatory technical and aesthetic innovations.
His final completed film, Battle
(2000) caused a sensation worldwide – doubly so in Japan,
when the Diet tried to officially „persuade“ him to cut it. We will be
screening the director’s cut, eight minutes longer than any version in
circulation. Those eight minutes make the film even richer and its vision
even more acute.


Battles with

Four Films by Fukasaku Kinji
9:00 AM

Battle without

a Code of Honor

In immediate postwar Japan the Yakuza learn the American
Way: absolutely amoral, profit-driven megalomania. Suzuki Seijun approached
this subject with a deliberate  psychedelic delirium in Tokyo Drifter.
Fukasaku situates the problem historically and with a clear political agenda. 

11:00 AM

vs. Thugs

The theme of the complex relations between police and
criminal was perhaps first taken up courageously by Tomu Uchida in his
1933 silent film Policeman . Fukasaku takes up this interrupted
theme and revives this suppressed courage in several of his films. Cops
Vs. Thugs
is one of the most intricate and challenging examples of
this inquiry.

Lunch Break

[Brown bag recommended]

1:15 PM

Graveyard of Honor

Through his idiosyncratic oscillation between documentary-style
and psychomythography, Fukasaku turns the case history of real-life yakuza
psychotic Ishikawa Rikio into an x-ray of the geopolitics and local agonies
of postwar desparation and despair.

3:45 PM



[Director’s Cut]

The controversial  near-future
dystopian nightmare where middle-school children are forced to play „Survivor“
for real.

See Tom Mes’s Memorial to Fukasaku in Midnight Eye.

Midnight Eye Interview

Focus: Truth, Hope, and Violence
– Tom Mes

Film Guardian Interview with Fukasaku Kinji on his experience of 
WWII and its connection to Battle Royale.,6737,547780,00.html

Royale English Language Web Site

See Also:
Pacific Edges Screening Series

And: Lunch
in the Dark Screen Series

Shadows: A Kurosawa Kiyoshi Marathon

12, 2003