Issue date: 09 October 2009
Symposium Saturday 17 October 2009 10.00 until 17.00
A symposium in celebration of the work of the legendary Japanese film director Shohei Imamura has been organised by University of the West of England film expert Dr Patrick Crogan in partnership with the Arnolfini during their Imamura Retrospective film program which opens Thursday 15 October.
Pigs, Eels and Insects, Reassessing the Legacy of Shohei Imamura will show at the Arnolfini from Thursday 15 October until Saturday 18 October with a special double bill on 8 November. Altogether the program has eight films including Cannes Palme d'Or winners, 'The Ballad of Narayama' and 'The Eel', and other important Imamura films rarely screened such as 'Intentions of Murder', 'Pigs and Battleships', 'Black Rain', 'The Profound Desire of the Gods', 'The Insect Woman', and 'Vengeance is Mine'.
The UWE Film Studies Research Group-organised one day symposium will take place at the Arnolfini on Saturday 17 October from 10.00 until 17.00.
Dr Patrick Crogan, Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies provides this overview, “The symposium provides a unique opportunity for film buffs and those interested to explore and celebrate the career of Imamura. Expert speakers include Dr Alastair Phillips of Warwick University and Jasper Sharp, editor of the Japanese film journal, Midnight Eye.
“Since his death in 2006 there has been relatively little reflection internationally on the significance of Shohei Imamura's work for Japanese and world cinema. Imamura's contribution to the Japanese New Wave movement and his later independently produced films explore important and sensitive topics in innovative and challenging ways.
“His earlier films were noted for their carefully crafted chaotic presentation of subjects and people on the edge of the apparent orderliness of Japanese society. In films such as 'Insect Woman' (1963) and 'The Pornographers: Introduction to Anthropology' (1966), class and sexual politics, national identity and Japan's relation to the USA and the West, and the dynamics of modernisation were all in play in films that were by turns confronting, darkly humourous, and theoretically demanding.
“Imamura's films represent a persistent counter-argument to complacent filmmaking assured of its artistic or commercial pertinence, and many of the questions he posed to his own society and to our 'globalised' culture remain unanswered today.”
The Imamura Retrospective has received financial support from the Japan Foundation UK and the Daiwa Foundation UK.
A season pass for all films and symposium is available for the generous price of £20 / £15 concession and NUS.
THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA 1983 (18)
Thursday 15 October 19.30
INTENTIONS OF MURDER 1964 (CTBA)
Friday 16 October, 19.30
PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS 1961 (CTBA)
Saturday 17 October, 18.45
BLACK RAIN 1989 (PG)
Saturday 17 October, 20.30
THE PROFOUND DESIRE OF THE GODS 1968 (CTBA)
Sunday 18 October, 14.30
THE INSECT WOMAN 1963 (CTBA)
Sunday 18 October, 18.30
DOUBLE BILL: THE EEL (18) 1997 + VENGEANCE IS MINE (18) 1979
Sunday 8 November, 14.30
For more details go to http://www.arnolfini.org.uk
Tickets and info: Arnolfini box office: 0117 917 2300
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