J-Film: Double Suicide

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States

J-Film: Double Suicide

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

Presented in conjunction with the JICC's exhibition Meet Netsuke! Storytellers of Japan

Winner of Best Film at the 1970 Kinema Junpo Awards and Mainichi Film Concurs

Many films have drawn from classic Japanese theatrical forms, but none with such shocking cinematic effect as director Masahiro Shinoda’s Double Suicide. In this striking adaptation of a Bunraku puppet play (featuring the music of famed composer Toru Takemitsu), a paper merchant sacrifices family, fortune, and ultimately life for his erotic obsession with a prostitute.

Starring Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Hosei Komatsu

Please note this film contains thematic content that may not be suitable for younger viewers. Recommended for ages 15+.

In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 104 min | 1969 | Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

Image: © 1969 Hyogensha/ATG

This event is presented together with the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Doors open at 6:00PM; screening begins at 6:30PM. No admission or re-entry will be permitted after doors close at 7:00PM or when seating is filled, whichever occurs first. 

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Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan


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