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17 Dec 12

Japanese Classics Grace Belgrade Screens

A festival of 20th-century Japanese movies will be shown at the Museum of Yugoslav Archives under the slogan, ‘Japanese Chronology of Love’.

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN Belgrade

The festival from December 18th to 21st, supported by the Japanese embassy, brings ten or so Japanese classics to the Museum of Yugoslav Archives, the Jugoslovenska Kinoteka.

The festival opens with the black-and-white film The Tale of Genji, directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura, which was included in the 1952 selection of the International Film Festival in Cannes.

The story, based on a 1,000-year-old novel by Murasaki Shikibu, follows  Genji, the son of the Emperor, known for his charm and good looks among the nobility, as he wrestles with his burgeoning desire for his father’s young and beautiful bride.

Over the following days audiences will get a comprehensive overview of the history of Japanese film.

Heinosuke Gosho’s 1936 poetic melodrama, Woman in the Mist, as well as his socially engaged film The Young Women of Izu, the first Japanese film produced after the end of Second World War, will also be screened.

The programme also includes Why Not?, (1981) by director Shohei Imamura, one of the most popular directors of the Japanese New Wave, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1981 Cannes Festival.

The movie examines the political and social upheaval that culminated in 1867 and 1868 in the restoration of imperial rule over Japan under Emperor Meiji

Other movies included in the programme are Zegen (1987), a satire of colonial prostitution also directed by Imamura, and Love Letter, (1985), by Tatsumi Kumashiro.

The festival ends on Friday December 21st with the screening of the 2004 jazz drama Out of this World, directed by Junji Sakamoto. Prices of tickets for all screenings are 100 dinars (about €1)

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