This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.
"Spectacular! Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!"—Terrence Rafferty, New York Times
Kurosawa's riff on Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, Ran is the epic tale of an aging 16th-century warlord with a legacy of bloodshed who intends to divide his kingdom between his three disloyal sons. Two beautifully choreographed, stunningly shot, carnage-filled battle scenes steal the show! Nominated for four Oscars including Best Director, it won for Costume Design. (160 mins., 35mm)
Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.
$7 general public
$5 senior citizens
Rohauer Collection Foundation
SUPPORT FOR KINEMA JAPAN
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council