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J-Film - Pale Flower

  • Japan Information and Culture Center 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Pale Flower | November 18, 2015 | Wednesday, 6:30PM | Drama | 1964 | 96 min
Not Rated | Dir. by Masahiro Shinoda | In Japanese with English Subtitles

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1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100

Washington DC, 20036

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". . . one of the most haunting noirs I've seen . . . an exercise in existential cool. It involves a plot, but it is all about attitude. "

 -Roger Ebert, Great Movies List

In this seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave of independent filmmakers, a yakuza fresh out of prison becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.

Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by award-winning composer Toru Takemitsu (The Woman in the Dunes, Ran), this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic director, Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower, based on the novella by Shintaro Ishihara (Season of the Sun, Crazed Fruit) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.

Warning: This film is unrated and contains some thematic material scenes of violence. Recommended for ages 12+. Viewer discretion is advised.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Doors open at 6:00PM and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7:00PM for security purposes.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.