Japan Society’s Visions of Okinawa: Cinematic Reflections May 13 – June 3, 2022

Marking 50 years since Okinawa’s reversion from American sovereignty again to Japan, Visions of Okinawa paperwork the dynamic historic, political and cultural areas of Okinawa round this pivotal level in historical past by in-person screenings and streamed movies exploring the legacies of the Occupation, WWII and imperialism. Primarily specializing in movies made across the time of or coping with the 1972 reversion, Visions of Okinawa addresses problems with id, race and borders by presenting various and complex reflections on the prefecture from mainland filmmakers, native Okinawans and documentarians.

IN-THEATER SCREENINGS

All in-person screenings will happen in Japan Society’s auditorium, situated at 333 E. forty seventh Road in New York, NY.

Paradise View
Friday, Might 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Go Takamine, 1985, 117 min., DCP, shade, in Okinawan (Uchinaaguchi) and Japanese with English subtitles. With Kaoru Kobayashi, Jun Togawa, Haruomi Hosono.
North American Premiere of 2021 edit. Go Takamine’s not often screened first theatrical characteristic is a pioneering work of Okinawan cinema. Going down shortly earlier than the resumption of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa, this leisurely-paced movie tacitly addresses the island prefecture’s difficult historical past of occupation by the story of a group’s preparations for a marriage between an area woman and a Japanese trainer. On the periphery of those occasions is Reishu, who quits his job on a U.S. navy base and makes use of the additional time to catch snakes and play with ants – and get the bride-to-be pregnant. Screening adopted by reception.

Degree 5
Saturday, Might 14, 2022 at 4:00 PM
Dir. Chris Marker, 1996, 106 min., DCP, shade, in French with English Subtitles. With Catherine Belkhodja, Nagisa Oshima, Chris Marker.
A lo-fi PC recreation turns into the impetus for a mnemonic exploration of the previous when a pc programmer (Catherine Belkhodja) is tasked with recreating the Battle of Okinawa. In dialogue together with her deceased lover, she embarks on a haunting exploration of Okinawa’s historical past, navigating data networks populated with testimonies, interviews (together with one with director Nagisa Oshima), eye-witness accounts and archival footage – prompting a cathartic convergence of thought, picture and reminiscence interwoven inside Marker’s uniquely digital framework. The ultimate characteristic by Chris Marker, Degree 5 examines the forgotten tracts of historical past that also reverberate all through Okinawa – a locale that, as Marker places it, has not forgotten the battle.

Expensive Summer season Sister
Saturday, Might 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Nagisa Oshima, 1972, 97 min., uncommon archival 35mm, shade, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Hiromi Kurita, Lily, Shoji Ishibashi.
Launched the yr of the reversion, Oshima’s remaining ATG manufacturing presents an uncharacteristically cheerful exterior with its faraway passages to tropical vistas and cinema-verité naturalism. Teenage Sunaoko receives a letter from her stepbrother, inviting her to go to him on Okinawa, and collectively together with her guardian Momoko, she travels to the prefecture underneath the guise of a vacationer. Their information, a beer-guzzling ex-soldier, takes them to the locale’s vacationer points of interest, rapidly delving into the underlying scars of the island’s wartime historical past. With its contradictory, light-hearted tone, Oshima’s disruptive politics reveal entanglements of id, generational disputes on Okinawa’s future, and the difficult nature of the islands’ historical past with Japan, all accompanied by the breezy, sundrenched bliss of Toru Takemitsu’s breezy rating.

Terror of Yakuza
Friday, Might 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Sadao Nakajima, 1976, 96 min., DCP, shade, in Japanese with dwell English subtitles. With Sonny Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Tsunehiko Watase.
A fictionalized depiction of the fourth Okinawa Warfare (nonetheless ongoing on the time of the movie’s launch), Terror of Yakuza situates the yakuza battle within the days following Okinawa’s reversion, when encroaching mainland gangs wished in on a chunk of the motion. Banned from launch in Okinawa, director Sadao Nakajima’s Terror of Yakuza encompasses a psychotically unhinged efficiency from the late Sonny Chiba and would set off a string of Okinawan-shot productions within the years to return. Cultural critic Isao Nakazato would later write that, “the battle of Okinawa is represented within the blood feud” of Nakajima’s ripped-from-the-headlines traditional.

Untamagiru
Saturday, Might 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Dir. Go Takamine, 1989, 120 min., imported 35mm, shade, in Okinawan (Uchinaaguchi) and Japanese with English subtitles. With Kaoru Kobayashi, Jun Togawa, John Sayles.
Go Takamine’s celebrated adaptation of the well-known Uchinaa Shibai play follows Giru, a day laborer, who flees his publish after seducing his employer’s daughter. Escaping his boss’s wrath, Giru hides within the legendary Untama forest the place he’s bestowed with mystical powers, remodeling himself into the Okinawan folks hero Untamagiru. That includes the performing abilities of Jun Togawa and John Sayles, Takamine’s important opus of Okinawan cinema follows the movie’s titular character as he makes an attempt to create an unbiased Okinawa on the eve of the reversion. 

ONLINE SCREENINGS

Movies listed beneath stream on-line Might 14-June 3 at film.japansociety.org.

Paradise View
Dir. Go Takamine, 1985, 117 min., shade, in Okinawan (Uchinaaguchi) and Japanese with English subtitles. With Kaoru Kobayashi, Jun Togawa, Haruomi Hosono.
Go Takamine’s not often screened first theatrical characteristic is a pioneering work of Okinawan cinema. Going down shortly earlier than the resumption of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa, this leisurely-paced movie tacitly addresses the island prefecture’s difficult historical past of occupation by the story of a group’s preparations for a marriage between an area woman and a Japanese trainer. On the periphery of those occasions is Reishu, who quits his job on a U.S. navy base and makes use of the additional time to catch snakes and play with ants – and get the bride-to-be pregnant.

Concentrate on the Nihon Documentarist Union (NDU)

Shaped in 1968 at Waseda College, the Nihon Documentarist Union (NDU) was as soon as one of the crucial influential collectives of Japanese nonfiction filmmaking. Rising from the coed actions of the late Nineteen Sixties, the politically energetic NDU produced guerilla-style 16mm documentaries shot with asynchronous sound, and wrote extensively in leftist movie journals, magazines and different publications. The group posited an activist cinema of anonymity – rejecting auteurism and opting to exclude particular person names from their credit. However whereas contemporaries like Ogawa Productions have since gone on to worldwide recognition, the groundbreaking work of the NDU has remained in relative obscurity each in Japan and overseas.

In 1969, with negotiations for Okinawa’s return to Japan reaching their remaining phases, the NDU took to Okinawa, illegally coming into the prefecture to doc the lives of these marginalized by the area’s historical past of occupation, exposing the contradictions and systematic points current inside Okinawa’s relationship with Japan and America. Japan Society is proud to current two important NDU productions shot throughout their time in Okinawa: Motoshinkakarannu and Asia is One, screening for the primary time outdoors of Japan with new English subtitles.

Streaming Worldwide besides Japan & Taiwan.

Motoshinkakarannu
Dir. NDU, 1971, 87 min, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Shot over a interval of 15 months from April 1969 to July 1970, Motoshinkakarannu – which takes its identify from the Okinawan phrase for “enterprise with out seed cash” (a euphemism for prostitution) – captures a tumultuous time in Okinawa’s occupation. With the upcoming reversion, the NDU chronicles a confluence of sentiments throughout the island prefecture from anti-American riots to labor protests. A direct and radical work, Motoshinkakarannu delivers an unflinching snapshot of Okinawa on the time, revealing racial tensions, discrimination, imperialist gazes and extra by its uncooked immersion into the lives of intercourse employees, yakuza, vacationers and GIs. 

Asia is One
Dir. NDU, 1973, 96 min, shade and b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Misplaced for many years, Asia is One was rediscovered in 2005. Shot across the time of the reversion, Asia is One initially begins by capturing shifting perceptions in Okinawa and financial developments -—from the onset of elevated tourism and cultural preservation, to the exodus of islanders migrating to the mainland for higher alternatives whether or not for work, schooling or a greater life. Composed of testimonials, Asia is One uncovers the historical past of labor abuse and exploitation by mainland mining firms for the reason that Thirties and paperwork the Taiwanese and Zainichi immigrants who labored in these harsh mines, confronting the legacy of imperialism alongside ideas of border and id on the huge stretches of islands that lead all the way down to Taiwan.

Ticketing
In-person screenings: tickets are $15 / $10 members

On-line screening:
Leases: $10
Digital 3-Movie Move: 
$24 for all on-line movies

(on sale beginning Might 14)

Members: 20% off through promo code

For additional data, go to https://www.japansociety.org.

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