Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Big Screen Big Apple- Onibi:The Fire Within(1997) Thurs. March 10 at 8:15 PM

Day Two Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence, the Japan Society's yakuza film series, brings us something a bit more somber and up-to-date than the series opening. The US premiere of Onibi: The Fire Within(1997) Kicks of with a separate lecture about what the taboos are of depicting yakuza in Japanese pop culture.

Japan Society says - "Coming from a man who started his career as a porn director, this is a surprisingly spare and emotionally savage film. Often regarded as Rokuro Mochizuki's masterpiece, Onibi injects both sexual passion and subdued sentiment into the macho world of yakuza cinema. Within the confines of the genre, Mochizuki artfully builds a parable of implacable fate, probing the leading performer's inner life with a calm intensity that is almost unparalleled. Noriyuki Kunihiro (Yoshio Harada, in one of his most unforgettable roles) is a yakuza who has just spent half a lifetime in prison, doing time for a double murder. Although his former acolytes try to tempt him back into the fold, he prefers to put his aging but still strong body to more honest work. He finds love in the person of young pianist... and trouble soon follows."

Thursday, March 10th 8:15 PM @ Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, at 47th Street and First Avenue

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