Carmen from Kawachi

February 10, 2023
Carmen from Kawachi

Carmen from Kawachi
『河内カルメン』

Introduced by series curator William Carroll, author of Suzuki Seijun and Postwar Japanese Cinema.

Imported 35mm Print. Suzuki’s final film to star Yumiko Nogawa (Gate of FleshStory of a Prostitute), Carmen from Kawachi follows the life of Tsuyuko (Nogawa), a young woman from rural Kansai. Escaping her miserable life in the countryside, Tsuyuko moves to Osaka and takes on a series of exploitative jobs that include maid, bar hostess and fashion model, all for a chance at making it big. A searing social critique melded with melodrama and surreal flourishes, Suzuki’s final film in his “Flesh Trilogy” takes loose inspiration from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Dir. Seijun Suzuki, 1966, 80 min., 35mm, b&w. With Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi.

Tickets
$15 General Admission / $10 Members

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Part of the Seijun Suzuki Centennial
February 3—11, 2023

Celebrating 100 years of iconoclast director Seijun Suzuki (1923-2017), a singular force in Japanese cinema whose radical stylistic vision and unpredictable narratives shaped the B-movie genre, Japanese cinephilia and the political New Left, Japan Society and The Japan Foundation present a selection of six films from across the filmmaker’s nearly 60-film body of work, all on imported 35mm prints straight from Japan. Covering ground from his earliest yakuza feature (Satan’s Town) to his unbridled return to studio filmmaking after being blacklisted for 10 years (A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness) and his subsequent independent success (Kagero-za), this special series offers a rare glimpse into the core of Suzuki’s creative genius.


Series guest programmed by William Carroll, Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Co-presented by The Japan Foundation.



Image: Carmen from Kawachi © 1966 Nikkatsu Corporation.

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation.


Special Thanks to William Carroll; Shun Inoue and Maya Sato (Japan Foundation).

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.


  • February 10, 2023
  • 7:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Timed Tickets
  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 Members
  • $12 Students / Seniors
  • $10 Person with Disability