ATOMIC BARK!

Cinematic Convulsions in the ‘Bunka’

Thursday 4th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 9th August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.

Hosted by James DC, with film curators Julian Ross, and Go Hirasawa

Tonight we take a look at the avant garde and experimental films produced by the revolutionary Arts Theatre Guild of Japan, and others, from the 1960’s to the late 80’s, in conjunction with ‘Shinjuku Diaries : Films from The Arts Theatre Guild Japan’ film season running throughout August at the BFI Southbank in London. Fom the early ‘Japanese New Wave’ films of masters like Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura, to counter-cultural masterpieces like Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), which was one of the first Japanese films to openly deal with transexualism and the Japanese gay scene. Plus the surreal, threatening other-worlds of the sci-fi infused films of Hiroshi Teshigahara, with classics like Pitfall (1962), Woman in the Dunes (1964) and The Face of Another (1966), amongst many others. James DC will be talking with ‘Shinjuku Diaries…’ co-curators Julian Ross and Go Hirasawa.

Clip : The Face of Another trailer (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

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