Helter Skelter

July 13, 2013
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New York Premiere
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival

Japan’s hugely influential, hyper fashion-forward photographer Mika Ninagawa and its most controversial young star, Erika Sawajiri, team up to deliver a plastic surgery horror movie that’ll make everyone’s skin crawl. Lilico (Erika Sawajiri) is a monstrous Lady Gaga-esque celebrity, a singer and actress obsessed with her own young sexy self, eating up employees, and existing on a diet of flashbulbs. Almost entirely surgically enhanced, she requires occasional "top ups" but now they’re not working anymore. Her face and body are slowly turning as black and rotten as bruised fruit as her sanity is leaching away from her dysfunctional, surgically enhanced mortal coil.

Japan. 2012. 127 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Mika Ninagawa. With Erika Sawajiri, Nao Omori, Shinobu Terajima, Gou Ayano, Kiko Mizuhara.

18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students

Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

  • Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • 9:30 pm