Directors Company x2

April 19—20, 2024

A pioneering 1980s independent production outfit led by Kazuhiko Hasegawa (The Man Who Stole The Sun) and made up of a collective of eight filmmakers from studio, pinku and jishu eiga roots (Shinji Somai, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Sogo Ishii among them), Directors Company (1982-1992), known colloquially as “Direkan,” eschewed traditional modes of production to free itself from the constraints of major studios and promote artistic growth and creative expression. Establishing connections with the Art Theatre Guild, Toho, Nikkatsu and others to distribute its works, the company’s unique model resulted in a number of acclaimed releases including Typhoon Club and Mermaid Legend. Despite critical admiration, the company suffered from financial troubles and a lack of commercial success, eventually folding in 1992. Essential to the rise of independent cinema at a time when the studio system was in shambles, Japan Society presents two key works from Direkan: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Bumpkin Soup and Sogo Ishii’s cult satire The Crazy Family.

Admission Information

Admission Information

$16 Nonmembers
$12 Members
$14 Seniors, students, and persons with disability

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Top Image: © EPIC Sony/Directors Company

Special Thanks to Adam Torel (Third Window Films)

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by The Prince Kitano New York, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.