J-Film: The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate
Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.
© 1957 Nikkatsu
Ranked the #5 best Japanese film of all time by Kinema Junpo! A comedic tour-de-force set in the Edo period from director Yuzo Kawashima!
One evening in the pleasure-district of Shinagawa in Tokyo, the smooth-talking and witty Saheiji arrives at the famed establishment, Sagamiya, and proceeds to live it up until it is discovered that he hasn't a penny to his name. Forced to repay his debts through labor, Saheiji becomes a indispensable part of Sagamiya and crosses paths with a host of characters, helping to solve their problems, from the competing geishas Osome and Koharu, to the ardent young samurai seeking to restore the imperial government led by Takasugi Shinsaku.
Featuring an all-star cast and inspired by Japanese rakugo (Japanese comic storytelling), this masterpiece of Japanese cinema was co-written by Yuzo Kawashima and Shohei Imamura (The Insect Woman, The Ballad of Narayama) and was named as one of the best Japanese movies by famed director Akira Kurosawa, a contemporary of Kawashima.
Starring Frankie Sakai, Yoko Minamida, Sachiko Hidari, and Yujiro Ishihara
In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 1957 | 110 min | Directed by Yuzo Kawashima
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.
Film program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.
No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.
Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.