Getty: Film Series: In Tokyo


In conjunction with the exhibition Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, the Getty presents a film series reflecting the Shōwa Era (1926–89) of Japan. The films chosen feature the magnificent city of Tokyo, a metropolis that before the war was in transition, and after became a city that rebuilt itself like no other in modern history.  This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences.

Featuring directors Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Hiroshi Shimzu, and other noted filmmakers, the series surveys Tokyo’s diverse inhabitants, including sharp-dressed yakuza, the elderly and their grown children, and prostitutes in brothels. Class struggle and the aftermath
of World War II are just a few of the subjects featured in the films. 
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required, limit 4 seats per person.
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Mr. Thank You
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 4:00 p.m. 
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
(1936, 78 minutes, DVD)
This film is set almost entirely on a bus ride from the rural countryside to the outskirts of Tokyo. Although not well known in the United States, Shimizu has often been called Japan’s Jean Renoir. 
Drunken Angel 
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.  
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(1948, 102 minutes, 35mm) 
The young Akira Kurosawa’s early film takes place in war-weary, heat-soaked, and tuberculosis-striken Tokyo. Featuring the debut of the dashing Toshiro Mifune in a Japanese gangster noir.
Tokyo Story 
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m. 
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(1953, 136 minutes, 35mm) 
On many top-10 film lists, this story is deceptively spartan: an elderly couple from a rural town travel to Tokyo to see their grown children. A simple, unsentimental tale that is universal in scope.
Tokyo Drifter
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m.  
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
(1966, 89 minutes, 35mm)
Swinging 60s in Tokyo: men don fitted suits with skinny ties, and women sport black turtlenecks. Director Seijin Suzuki created the modern yakuza (mafia) film. This is one of his best. 
\Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 
Street of Shame 
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(1956, 87 minutes, 35mm) 
Considered one of the greatest of Japanese directors, Kenji Mizoguchi was mostly concerned with the difficult plight of women in Japan. In this, his last film, Mizoguchi tells the stories of five prostitutes working in
Dreamland, a Tokyo brothel. 
She and He 
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 3:00 p.m.  
Directed by Susumu Hani
(1963, 110 minutes, 35mm) 
Director Susumu Hani was a central figure in the Japanese New Wave of the late 50s and early 60s. “She”is a young, modern woman living in a new apartment  complex. “He,” a slum living just next door, is the man
to whom she is drawn. Hani presents a biting review of postwar class consciousness and rigid social hierarchy. 
Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.
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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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