Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

November 8, 2016
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One of the defining films of 1980s Japanese cinema, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun shows pop idol/actress Hiroko Yakushimaru and director Shinji Somai at the peak of their powers through the story of a schoolgirl who becomes the head of a yakuza group and takes on a sinister drug cartel. Somai uses the pulpy premise to design fascinatingly orchestrated and downright wacky long takes that explore the meaning of postmodern Japan’s image culture. For Kadokawa Film it was one of the defining successes of their idol strategy, creating cypher-like media personas that were like nothing that came before. New 4k restoration!

1981, 112 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Shinji Somai. With Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, Akira Emoto.

Part of POP! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan.

$13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

Special Offer: Purchase at least 3 tickets in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket.

Sailor Suit and Machine Gun © 1981 Kadokawa Corp.

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  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  • 7:00 pm