Published: 15/10/2014 16:48 - Updated: 20/10/2014 09:38

Triple bill of Japanese movie giants

Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai
Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai

 

THREE directors who are big talents of the Japanese movie world are featured in the line-up of three classic movies chosen by Inverness Film Fans to screen in October and November.

Influential classic Seven Samurai - inspiring The Magnificent Seven, among other films - follows 2009's subtle family drama Tokyo Sonata and the gentle family drama and last film, An Autumn Afternoon, from veteran master-director Yasujiro Ozu.

All screenings are held fortnightly at Eden Court Cinema and are followed by informal discussion with InFiFa.

 

An Autumn Afternoon on Tuesday, October 21 at 7.15pm.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Starring Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita and Keiji Sada.

(1962, Japan)

112mins

Now digitally restored, Director Yasujiro Ozu’s exquisite final film tells the story of an elderly widower and his daughter as they face the prospect of her marrying and moving out of the family home. Ozu captures beautifully their mixed emotions of joy and loss in this perfectly understated, playful and poignant domestic drama. The director’s characteristically subtle powers of observation, Yuharu Astuta’s ravishing camerawork and superb performances from Chishu Ryu and Shima Iwashita make this film a fitting conclusion to Ozu’s 35-year career as a writer/ director. Dealing with the inevitable changes of life that affect us all, Ozu’s vision remains as truthful, relevant and inspiring as ever.

An Autumn Afternoon with Shima Iwashita and Chishu Ryu
An Autumn Afternoon with Shima Iwashita and Chishu Ryu

 

 

Seven Samurai on Tuesday, November 4 at 6pm.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring James Takashi Shimura,Toshiro Mifune and Keiko Tsushima.

(1954, Japan)

207mins

One of the most influential films ever made, Kurosawa’s thrilling epic adventure features stunning action sequences, memorable characters and an engrossing story of heroism and humanity. The tale of a poor village under attack by bandits and the seven Samurai employed to defend them has inspired countless Westerns, war, heist and caper films with its brilliant combination of action, social drama, comedy and adventure. The visual and emotional power of Kurosawa’s masterpiece has made it a firm favourite of successive generations of film-goers, film makers and critics. Don’t miss the opportunity to see and discover this timeless classic on the big screen!

 

 

Tokyo Sonata with young pianist Kenji Sasaki (Kai Inowaki).
Tokyo Sonata with young pianist Kenji Sasaki (Kai Inowaki).

 

Tokyo Sonata on Tuesday, November 18 at 7.15pm.

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Starring Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi.

(2009, Japan)

120mins

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Tokyo Sonata is a beautifully-realised portrait of an ordinary Japanese family in a changing society. The father loses his job and conceals it from his family, the eldest son wants to join the US military, the youngest son spending his lunch money on forbidden piano lessons and the mother trying to hold the family together. Kurosawa’s skillful direction with the cast's flawless performances deliver a surprising, insightful and universal story of modern family life, told with humour and compassion.

For more information: www.infifa.org and www.eden-court.co.uk

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