FILMSaturday, April 8, 4:00 PM
Best known for his samurai and war films, Kihachi Okamoto (Sword of Doom) made Blue Christmas from So Kuramoto's original script as a rare sci-fi for adults. Despite a sensationalistic premise—contact with mysterious UFOs creates a new "race" of humans with blue blood—the film offers a serious critique of social discrimination and government oppression. A box office disappointment at the time of its release, it has since acquired cult cachet in Japan, while still dividing critics and fans.
1978, 133 min., HDCAM, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto. With Hiroshi Katsuno, Keiko Takeshita, Kunie Tanaka, Tatsuya Nakadai.
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
Part of the 2017 Globus Film Series Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema
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