Japanese Films of the 1960s

20 Sep

NORMAN – Five films celebrating 1960s Japanese cinema will be presented in Oklahoma in a unique partnership between the Japan Foundation and the University of Oklahoma.

The five films that make up the series are part of the Japan Foundation’s extensive collection of 35 mm prints.  Each is considered a classic, by a recognized master of Japanese cinema.  Four of the films will be screened in Meacham Auditorium, located in Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., on the OU Norman campus.  A fifth film will be screened at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Associate Professor of Japanese History Elyssa Faison was contacted by the Japan Foundation early in the summer and was invited to submit an application to participate in the film series.

“I quickly gained support from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OU School of International and Area Studies and OU College of Arts and Sciences Film and Video Studies.  I submitted an application, and we were accepted,” Faison said.  “OU was chosen along with Clemson University, the University of Virginia, University of Kentucky and University of Mississippi to host this film series.  The theme, Japanese film of the 1960s, and the five film titles were determined by the Japan Foundation, which donates use of its 35 mm film prints.  This is the sixth year they have held the series, and the first time OU has participated.”

The five films and their show dates and times are:

Age of Assassins, directed by Okamoto Kihachi, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union

Kwaidan, directed by Kobayashi Masaki, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Fort of Death, directed by Kudo Eiichi, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union

The Face of Another, directed by Teshigahara Hiroshi, 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 8, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union

Yearning, directed by Naruse Mikio, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union

For more information on the film series, contact Faison at efaison@ou.edu.  For accommodations on the basis of disability at OU, call (405) 325-3020.


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