More details on the Japanese films screened as part of the Japanese Culture festival
University of Worcester, St. John’s Campus
All films screened in EE 1026. Admission Free.
16 January, 2016
12:00 – 14:00 – Yojimbo (Kurosawa Akira, 1961)
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. This movie is the seminal Kurosawa samurai movie which inspired A Fistful of Dollars. 110 min
14:00 – 16:10 – Akira (Otomo Katsuhiro, 1988)
The classic anime which first brought Japanese animation to Western movie screens. A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop. 124 min
16:15 – 18:00 – Gojira (Hondo Ishiru, 1954)
Oh no! There goes Tokyo! Go, go Godzilla! The first, the original and the best kaiju! American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. 96 min
18:00 – 20:00 – My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki Hayao, 1988)
Classic Miyazaki, and considered one of his best films. When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. 86 min.
20:00 – 22:00 – Tokyo Gore Police (Nishimura Yoshihiro, 2008)
If you’ve not seen this before, you’ve never seen anything like it! Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the “cutter” demographic, this is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father’s assassination. Ruka is a cop from a squad whose mission is to destroy homicidal mutant humans known as “engineers” possessing the ability to transform any injury to a weapon in and of itself. 110 min.