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Friday, June 23, 2006

Period drama masterworks screened

Stirring classics with English subtitles

The Japan Foundation Film Series presents a program of classic jidaigeki (Japanese samurai period dramas), "The Masters and Jidaigeki," from the 1950s and '60s in Tokyo, June 23-25. All films are screened with English subtitles.

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"Rashomon" (c) 1950 KADOKAWA PICTURES, INC.

In addition to film screenings, Keiko McDonald, Professor of Japanese Literature and Cinema, University of Pittsburgh, will present a lecture, "Reading Jidaigeki."

Included in the program is Tadashi Imai's 1963 "Bushido: Samurai Saga" (June 24, 6 p.m.) and one of Akira Kurosawa's best-known works, "Rashomon," (June 25, 1:30 p.m.), starring Toshiro Mifune and set in Japan's war-torn 10th century. At 6 p.m. on the same day, Kon Ichikawa's "Yukinojo Henge (Revenge of a Kabuki Actor)" will be shown. This Edo Period drama follows a famous kabuki onnagata, Yukinojo, plotting to avenge the death of his father.

The films will be screened at OAG Hall, 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, a 5-minute walk from Exit A4, Aoyama-itchome Station on the Ginza and Hanzomon lines. Tickets per screening are 600 yen.

For the full schedule, visit www.jpf.go.jp/

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