Actor-director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is one of Japan’s most distinctive voices; his idiosyncratic style combines eye-popping violence, deadpan humor, and disarming wellsprings of emotion.
Directed by Takeshi Kitano | 1993
With Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe
Kitano redefined the gangster movie genre with this witty, off-kilter portrait of an aging, world-weary yakuza mobster with one last assignment: end an Okinawan gang war. Along the way there’s an extended interlude at a beachside hideout with surreal explosions of violence that erupt and abate as quickly as they begin — capped by a startlingly abstract climactic shootout.
Directed by Takeshi Kitano | 1997
With Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ohsugi
Kitano’s Venice prize-winning masterpiece intercuts meditative scenes of domestic calm with sudden explosions of operatic, artfully abstracted violence. This wrenching portrait of two men — Nishi (Kitano, blankly Keaton-esque), a former detective who gets mixed up with the yakuza while caring for his dying wife, and his wheelchair-bound former partner—is a true original: an eccentric Leone-meets-Kaurismäki existential action thriller.
In Japanese with English subtitles
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Detailed schedule information:
Screenings at 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm