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Friday, Nov. 10, 2006


Cannibalism, hot-spring trysts

Donald Richie knows a thing or two about Japanese film. A prolific author, critic and Japan resident for almost 60 years, he has written authoritative works on two of Japan's best-known directors, Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. But lesser known are his own experimental short films, five of which will be screened as part of "Japanese Cinema Eclectics" to be held at SuperDeluxe in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, on Nov. 15.

Donald Richie's Five Filosophical Fables
Donald Richie's "Five Filosophical Fables" gives a new meaning to picnicking in the park.

Richie has been curating the highly popular "Eclectics" series, produced by Temple University Japan's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, since July. The Nov. 15 event is the last in the current series, but there are plans for an "Eclectics" with a different theme next year.

Richie's best-known work, "Five Filosophical Fables" (1967), is a 4-minute depiction of a family picnic that turns into cannibalization in a Tokyo park. Also screening are "Wargames" (1962), "Boy With Cat" (1967), "Dead Youth" (1967) and "Atami Blues" (1962), a 20-minute short scored by Toru Takemitsu that examines the relationship between a couple who meet each other at a hot-spring resort.

"Japanese Cinema Eclectics: Donald Richie -- A Film Anthology" takes place from 8 p.m. on Nov. 15. Admission is 1,500 yen. SuperDeluxe, B1F 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo is near Roppongi Station on the Hibiya and Oedo subway lines. For more info, visit www.super-deluxe.com

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