July 24, 2019
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Feature Slate | Centerpiece Presentation

East Coast Premiere

SOLD OUT: A waitlist will begin at the Box Office one hour prior to the screening. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee admission.

Q&A with director Shinya Tsukamoto, with CUT ABOVE Award ceremony

The latest from internationally renowned cult director and 2019 CUT ABOVE Award recipient Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man) is a subversive samurai drama that the filmmaker has called a “scream” in response to the current state of the world. When a traveling swordsman (Tsukamoto) in mid-19th century Japan enlists a young ronin (Sosuke Ikematsu) for an anticipated war in Edo, the battle-untested recruit struggles to reconcile his pacifism with the demand to kill—a struggle that unravels into madness. A stark consideration of violence and honor handled with masterful artistry by one of contemporary Japanese cinema’s most essential auteurs.

2018. 80 min. Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. With Sosuke Ikematsu, Yu Aoi, Ryusei Maeda, Shinya Tsukamoto.

This film is unrated, but is not recommended for persons younger than 12 years of age without parental guidance due to mature content. Warning: contains depictions of graphic sexual violence.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2019

Tickets: $21/$18 students, seniors & persons with disabilities/$16 Japan Society members

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  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • 7:00 pm