Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide) at his most theatrical and sophisticated. Set between highly stylized settings reminding of Greek drama and the archaic Butoh dance performances of Tatsuji Hijikata’s Ankoku Butoh dance troupe, Shinodas shakespearian take on the myth of Himiko, the shaman priestess of the Sun Goddess is a breathtakingly beautiful and original film about power, treason and love.
Part of our continuing Art Theatre Guild series.
The Art Theatre Guild, was an independent film company that radically transformed Japanese cinema by producing and distributing experimental, transgressive, and genre-shattering films from the early 1960s until the mid-1980s. Free from the structures and conventions of the mainstream Japanese studio system, the underground cinema of the Art Theatre Guild was characterized by its provocative depictions of sex, violence, politics, and social upheaval. The ATG also provided a fresh testing ground for collaboration among filmmakers, composers, dancers, novelists, artists, performance artists, and avant-garde theater companies.
- 6/20 | 8:00PM