2015 / UCLA Film Series, Feb. 3-5, at Bridge Theater, “Landscape Theory”

UCLA Film Series Landscape Theory


UCLA Film Series: Landscape Theory

An encounter between cinema and radical politics in 1960s-70s Japan

Curated by Go Hirasawa

February 3 – 5, 2015

James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA

Free and open to the public

UCLA GSA Melnitz Movies has partnered with the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to invite film scholar Go Hirasawa to curate a series on Japanese Landscape Cinema.

Filmmaker Masao Adachi is often viewed as the progenitor of Japanese “landscape theory.” Inspired by Marxist film criticism of the 1970s, the theory posits that even the landscape around us is an expression of the dominant political power.

The series will take place at James Bridges Theater, located in Melnitz Hall at UCLA on February 3, 4, and 5, with an opening night gala and a closing night lecture by Go Hirasawa.

Each night will showcase two films, with the first screening beginning at 6pm.


Tuesday, February 3

5:00pn – Opening Night Gala

6:00pm – AKA: Serial Killer (1969), Masao Adachi, Masao Matsuda, Mamoru Sasaki

8:00pm – Red Army PFLP: Declaration of World War (1971), Masao Adachi

Wednesday, February 4

6:00pm – Boy (1969), Nagisa Oshima

8:00pm – Running in Madness, Dying in Love (1969), Koji Wakamatsu

Thursday, February 5

6:00pm – Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969), Koji Wakamatsu

8:00pm – Lecture by Go Hirasawa

8:45pm – The Man Who Left His Will on Film (1970), Nagisa Oshima

Go Hirasawa is a researcher at Meiji-Gakuin University working on underground and experimental films and avant-garde art movements in 1960s and ’70s Japan.

His publications include Godard (Tokyo, 2002), Fassbinder (Tokyo, 2005), Cultural Theories: 1968 (Tokyo, 2010), Koji Wakamatsu: Cineaste de la Revolte (Paris, 2010), and Masao Adachi: Le bus de la revolution passera bientot pres de chez toi  (Paris, 2012).

He has organized more than fifty film exhibitions throughout the world, including Underground Film Archives (Tokyo, 2001), Nagisa Oshima (Seoul Art Cinema, 2010), Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi (Cinematheque Francaise, 2010), Theatre Scorpio: Japanese Independent and Experimental Cinema of the 1960s (Close-Up: London, 2011), and Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960-1986 (MOMA, 2012).

Guests may RSVP online through  www.melnitzmovies.eventbrite.com