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Pale Flower

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Pale Flower
Masahiro Shinoda, 1964

Caterpillar

Koji Wakamatsu, 2010
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 7 PM
A yakuza (gangster) gem of the Japanese New Wave is paired tonight with Koji Wakamatsu's pointed commentary on the effects of war.

One of the darker entries among the films of the Japanese New Wave, Pale Flower follows a just-out-of-prison yakuza (gangster) who finds himself entangled with a sexy femme fatale addicted to gambling. The score is by the great Toru Takemitsu. (96 mins., 35mm)

Caterpillar depicts the deeply troubled relationship between a wife and her husband who returns from World War II limbless, deaf, and mute. Best known as a director of "pink films" (softcore sex and exploitation films), Wakamatsu has always been a vocal political and social critic, and Caterpillar serves as a pointed commentary on the devastating effects of nationalistic militarism. (85 mins., video)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.




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