April 5, 2019
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Film past event
Akihiro YamamotoMike Wilkens
Yutaka Uchida 

Friday, April 5, 7 PM

Introduction with curator Go Hirasawa. Followed by a reception with food, drinks and live jazz music!

In this directorial debut by Kiju Yoshida—a key figure of postwar Japanese cinema and the Shochiku New Wave along with Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda—four bored college students decide to steal money from a company run by one of their fathers. In the process, the company secretary takes an interest in one of the aimless young men, in whom she senses some potential, and tries to change him. A representative work of the New Wave in its aesthetics and political overtones by one of its major filmmakers, Good-for-Nothing offers a complex perspective on class with cutting-edge direction and visual style.

1960, 88 min., 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kiju Yoshida. With Masahiko Tsugawa, Yusuke Kawazu, Hizuru Takachiho, Junichiro Yamashita.

Your ticket includes the post-screening reception featuring a live musical performance by jazz trio Akihiro Yamamoto (bass), Mike Wilkens (sax) and Yutaka Uchida (drums).

Part of The Other Japanese New Wave: Radical Films from 1958-61

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$10 members

Special Offer: Show your ticket for this event to our Welcome Desk and receive 50% off admission to our exhibition, Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s. Valid through May 31, 2019.

This program is part of our Japan in the Global 1960s series.

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Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • 7:00 pm