Yakuza in Popular Media & Real Life: Cracks & Chasms

March 10, 2011
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Lecture past event

From popular films to games and comic books, yakuza culture has been portrayed and discussed in many media. Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice—one of the rare books revealing real yakuza culture in Japan—discusses the differences between the image the yakuza want to project and how the major groups really function, and what the taboos are of depicting yakuza in Japan.

After the Lecture:
Onibi: The Fire Within at 8:15 pm
Often regarded as Rokuro Mochizuki’s masterpiece, Onibi injects both sexual passion and subdued sentiment into the macho world of yakuza cinema. Jake Adelstein introduces the film.

1996, 101 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Rokuro Mochizuki. With Yoshio Harada, Reiko Kataoka, Sho Aikawa.

Lecture only: $12/$8 Japan Society members, seniors & students
Film only: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students
Lecture & Film: $16/$12 Japan Society members

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  • Thursday, March 10, 2011
  • 6:30 pm