Children of the Beehive: What Happened Next

May 31, 2024
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Sono ato no hachi no su no kodomotachi

Imported 35mm Print. In the sequel to Children of the Beehive, a journalist arrives in the secluded foothills of Shimizu’s cherished Izu in search of a hidden commune to ask, “What happened to the children of the Beehive?” Three years have passed and her question situates itself not only in the realm of Shimizu’s craft, but that of reality: What became of the war orphans Shimizu raised? Rewriting the past, Shimizu even renders one of the original’s most heartbreaking sequences into a work of fiction. Invoking meta-narrative elements, Shimizu reshapes the orphans’ narrative, which is quite well-known to visitors of the commune thanks to the popularity of the first Beehive film. A fascinating work of docudrama that treads between the realm of fact and fiction, Children of the Beehive: What Happened Next breathes the fresh air of Shimizu’s loose and reflexive approach, anticipating the works of Kiarostami.

Print courtesy of the National Film Archive of Japan.

Dir. Hiroshi Shimizu, 1951, 94 min., 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with live English subtitles. With Yutaka Iwamoto, Shinichiro Kubota, Yoshikatsu Chiba.

Part of the John and Miyoko Davey Classic Film Series
Hiroshi Shimizu – Part II: The Postwar and Independent Years
May 16—June 1, 2024

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Hiroshi Shimizu is co-presented with Museum of the Moving Image, the National Film Archive of Japan, and Japan Foundation, New York.

Hiroshi Shimizu – Part II: The Independent and Postwar Years is generously supported by The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund for Classic Japanese Film.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 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 Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by the Kitano Hotel, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Friday, May 31, 2024
  • 7:00 pm
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