Barbican Film is showing the magnificent Akira Kurosawa adaptation of Macbeth in June. Hosted Japanese film specialist Tony Rayns with a ScreenTalk by Yukio Ninagawa.
Kurosawa’s 1957 epic stands tall among his films and is one of my own personal favourites. Starring Toshirō Mifune, Isuzu Yamada and Takashi Shimura, Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jō) sees the Bard’s tale of spooky apparitions and unbridled guilt transferred to medieval Japan where the famous tale of treachery and murder are expertly etched into celluloid to tickle our tastebuds.
Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jo) (12A) + Screentalk with Yukio Ninagawa
2 June 2012
Standard – £11.50 online / £12.50 on the door
Barbican Members – £9.50 online / £10.50 on the door
The ICA is showing the fantastic ‘Mitsuko Delivers’ a film by Yûya Ishii (A Man With Style) and starring Riisa Naka (Summer Wars).
The story is centred around a thirtysomething woman, nine months pregnant and at a point in her life that is full of strife. Her family believes her to be living in the U.S. with her GI partner but she is in fact a working class prostitute. She lives in a dirty run-down area with other like-people but her up-beat attitude towards life compels the other residents to restore the area to its former glory.
Dir: Yûya Ishii, Japan, 2011, 109 mins, PG cert.
Japanese with English subtitles Cast: Riisa Naka, Aoi Nakamura, Ryo Ishibashi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Miyoko Inagawa, Yoshimasa Kondô
Running at the ICA Cinema from the 16 – 30 May 2012.
More information can be found on their Films website.
Korean drama Silenced won top prize at the 14th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, which was held from April 20-28. The film also received the highest number of votes ever from festival movie goers, winning the Udine Far East Film Audience Award as well.
The story follows In-ho, an art teacher at a school for deaf children. Amid bribery requests by the principal and administration head, and obvious physical abuse by other teachers on the students, he is forced to take this information to the local authorities.
Dir: HWANG Dong-hyuk, Korea, 2011, 125 mins
Cast: JEONG Yu-mi – SEO Yu-jin, GONG Yoo – KANG In-ho
Silenced was released in September last year in Korean cinema’s. As yet there is no Blu-ray/DVD release date.