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JICC Rare Films: 2-Day Seijun Suzuki Series


  • JICC, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

In celebration of the Freer and Sackler Galleries' Seijun Suzuki Retrospective, the JICC will present two classic films during a 2-Day Seijun Suzuki Series: Man with a Shotgun and The Breeze on the Ridge.

In a career spanning nearly fifty years, Seijun Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie pulp fiction to beguiling metaphysical mysteries.

The JICC is excited to bring you these rare films in conjunction with expertise from the Freer and Sackler Galleries' Curator of Film and author of Time and Place are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki, Mr. Tom Vick.

Please register for each film individually.

Man with a Shotgun

December 2, 2015 | Wednesday at 6:30PM

1961 | 84 min | Japanese w/ English Subtitles

One of Studio Nikkatsu's infamous "borderless-action" western-inspired films, Man with a Shotgun introduces us to Ryoji, a traveling stranger who wanders into a remote mountain village. Wielding a shotgun, he says he's come for "the hunting," but is actually traveling the mountains in search of his fiancée's murderer.

When Ryoji discovers the necklace he had given to his fiancée abandoned at a local bar, he quickly realizes her killer must be nearby. As he struggles to uncover the killer's identity and seek his revenge, Ryoji becomes entangled in the town's local politics, uncovering a crime ring that may hold the key to his search...

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

 

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The Breeze on the Ridge

December 3, 2015 | Thursday at 6:30PM

1961 | 84 min | Japanese w/ English Subtitles

Shintaro, a free-spirited university student, tags along with a magic troupe one summer as they travel from festival to festival. Although penniless, this student does have goods to sell - a heap of ladies undergarments given to him as "salary" after his previous factory job went bankrupt - and plans to hawk them at the festivals.

Surrounded by the colorful and sometimes seedy festival members, Shintaro finds himself involved in a variety of startling situations (including strippers, gangsters, potential murder), and a star-crossed relationship with the head magician's daughter. But these are the least of his problems when the proud head magician decides to risk it all for the sake of continuing the show.

Mr. Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Freer and Sacklet Galleries will introduce this rare and quirky film.  After the screening, he will also be signing his book Time and Place are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Please note that this book will not be sold at the event but is available at major online book retailers. 

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

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These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click HERE to register for Man with a Shotgun, and  HERE to register for The Breeze on the Ridge.

Although registration is separate for each event, please feel free to register for both screenings.

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.