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Friday, Jan. 9, 2004


Rare Japanese movies on show

A cinema event in Mitaka, western Tokyo, this month will offer movie buffs a rare chance to see movies by the prewar film master Sadao Yamanaka (1909-1938).

Two more events to be held in February and March will show movies by the legendary directors Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) and Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956).

The showings will take place at Hoshi-no Hall in Mitaka-shi Geijutsu Bunka Center on Jan. 17 for Yamanaka's works, Feb. 21 for Kinoshita's works and on March 20 for Mizoguchi's works.

Screenings will be held each day at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Two movies will be shown in each session.

The Yamanaka works scheduled for Jan. 17 are: "Tange Sazen Yowa. Hyakuman-ryo no Tsubo (Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo)" (1935) and "Ninjo Kamifusen (Humanity and Paper Balloons)" (1937).

Yamanaka was killed in action in China at the age of 29. He received his call-up papers on the day "Ninjo Kamifusen" had its first preview. Yamanaka made only one other movie: "Kochiyama Soshun."

The Kinoshita works to be shown Feb. 21 are: "Yabure Daiko (Broken Drum)" and "Nijuyon-no Hitomi (Twenty-Four Eyes)."

The Mizoguchi works on March 20 are: "Musashino Fujin (Lady from Musashino)" and "Saikaku Ichidai Onna (Saikaku: Life of a Woman)."

Tickets are 1,000 yen for adults and 800 yen for students. Call Mitaka-shi Geijutsu Bunka Center at (0422) 47-5122 or Ticket Pia at 0570-02-9999.

To get to the center (Kamirenjaku 6-12-14) take a bus from bus stops No. 5 or 6 at the south exit of JR Mitaka Station and get off at the third stop, Hachiman-mae Geijutsu Bunka Center-mae.

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