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CJS Summer Film Series ~ Double Feature

Sunday, June 10, 2012
4:00 AM
Auditorium A, Angell Hall, 435 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (Please enter the doors between Mason and Haven Halls on the Diag.)

A double feature of Tai Kato films, closing CJS's summer film series. Co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation.


Screening Time: 5pm

In a comedic and fantastical style, the legendary folklore characters of Sasuke Sarutobi and the Sanada Ten Braves are portrayed in the historical siege of Osaka Castle in 1615, Edo Period Japan. These famed ninjas who were rumored to have served Sanada Yukimura in defending the Toyotomi clan against the Tokugawa shogunate, instead serve to impart a satirical tone and social commentary on the student movements in Japan of the early 1960s.

Directed by Tai Kato, 1963, 90 min.


Screening Time: 8pm

The year is 1907, Osaka is ready to invest in its future as an international trade port. Asajiro (Koji Tsurata) and his yakuza clan attempt to make the leap to legitimacy as a civil construction business, but past connections and old enemies lead him back to violence off the straightened path. A pairing of Kato’s forte in directing yakuza films with the iconic performance of Tsuruta (the genre’s first star) as the chivalric underworld hero makes this film a cut well above the standard.

Directed by Tai Kato, 1965, 91 min.