The Wolves

March 11, 2011
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1971, 131 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Hideo Gosha. With Tatsuya Nakadai, Noboru Ando, Kyoko Enami, Tetsuro Tanba.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Hideo Gosha (Sword of the Beast) and scored by Kurosawa’s legendary composer, Masaru Sato (Yojimbo, Throne of Blood), The Wolves features Tatsuya Nakadai (Harakiri, Ran, Kagemusha), who leads an all-star cast (alongside real-life yakuza-turned-actor Noboru Ando) and outstares the whole film with impossibly hollow and haunted eyes. In 1929, to celebrate the Showa Emperor Hirohito’s ascension to the throne, hundreds of yakuza were pardoned and released from jail–men who, perhaps, would have been better off behind bars. As Seiji Iwahashi, one of these men, comes to realize, their world is disintegrating from moral rot and he finds himself at the tattered edge of what he takes to be civilization and the shattered remains of a once honorable underworld. The essential thrust of the tale–of uprooted men, strangers in a strange world–feels as acute and sharp as samurai sword, while the mood of resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, wafts through the film like incense.

Don’t miss the Gangsta Party after the screening!
Dress as an old-school gangsta, a modern-day playa or a high rolla. Free entry for ladies and gentlemen who come in a kimono! (subject to seat availability) The party is generously supported by The Globus Family.

Part of the Globus Film Series:
Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence

$16/$12 Japan Society members, students & seniors

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In-kind support is courtesy of Sapporo USA, Inc.    

YAKUZA 4 games for PlayStation®3 for this evening’s drawing are courtesy of Sega America, Inc.

  • Friday, March 11, 2011
  • 7:30 pm