Fukasaku Kinji Film Marathon
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Beginning at 9:00 AM
Architecture Building Auditorium
University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Curated by Earl
Sponsored by East Asian Languages and Literatures, UHM
First known in the west as the co-director of Tora, 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
Royale (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.
Four Films by Fukasaku Kinji
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.
|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
[Brown bag recommended]
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.
|The controversial near-future
dystopian nightmare where middle-school children are forced to play „Survivor“
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.
Royale English Language Web Site
Pacific Edges Screening Series
in the Dark Screen Series
Shadows: A Kurosawa Kiyoshi Marathon