W’s Tragedy racked up all of the major film prizes of 1984 in Japan, a rare occurrence for Kadokawa’s pop experimentalism (often met with open revulsion by the powerful older generation of film critics). Hiroko Yakushimaru stars as a young, aspiring stage actress who develops frightening ambitions to become a star in this self-reflexive, fascinatingly complex film. Shinichiro Sawai, one of the great, under-appreciated directors of the 1980s, masterfully follows the sometimes mind-bending Kadokawa pattern of making films that are, in some way, always also about Kadokawa. Scored by Joe Hisaishi. New 4k restoration!
1984, 108 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Shinichiro Sawai. With Hiroko Yakushimaru, Yoshiko Mita, Masanori Sera.
Part of POP! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan.
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
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W’s Tragedy © 1984 Kadokawa Corp.
- Saturday, December 17, 2016
- 7:00 pm