2013 / Getty to present Japanese cinema, April 27-28

In conjunction with the exhibition Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, the Getty presents a film series reflecting the Shōwa Era (1926–89) of Japan. The films chosen feature the magnificent city of Tokyo, a metropolis that before the war was in transition, and after became a city that rebuilt itself like no other in modern history.

This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences.

Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Admission: Free; reservations required, limit 4 seats per person. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

20130425 Getty Film Tokyo Drifter

Tokyo Drifter / Saturday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.

Directed by Seijun Suzuki (1966, 89 minutes, 35mm)

Swinging 60s in Tokyo: men don fitted suits with skinny ties, and women sport black turtlenecks. Director Seijin Suzuki created the modern yakuza (mafia) film. This is one of his best.

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

20130425 Getty Film Street of Shame 

Street of Shame/ Saturday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi(1956, 87 minutes, 35mm)

Considered one of the greatest of Japanese directors, Kenji Mizoguchi was mostly concerned with the difficult plight of women in Japan. In this, his last film, Mizoguchi tells the stories of five prostitutes working in Dreamland, a Tokyo brothel.


She and He/ Sunday, April 28, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Susumu Hani(1963, 110 minutes, 35mm)

Director Susumu Hani was a central figure in the Japanese New Wave of the late 50s and early 60s. “She” is a young, modern woman living in a new apartment complex. “He,” a slum living just next door, is the man to whom she is drawn. Hani presents a biting review of postwar class consciousness and rigid social hierarchy.

Co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.