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Beijing Watermelon
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Beijing Watermelon

北京的西瓜 (Pekin no Suika)
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Beijing Watermelon © PSC.

Introduced by writer and film programmer Marc Walkow

Based on the true story of a Tokyo greengrocer who started helping out poor exchange students from China, Beijing Watermelon is a delicious oddity in Obayashi's filmography. While again using his stock cast of actors like Toru Minegishi and Yasufumi Hayashi, he gives the starring role to Bengaru, a journeyman by-player, and keeps his camera at a distance, letting the performers fill the screen with wonderfully anarchic movement and the soundtrack with busy, overlapping dialogue. The result is a kind of Japanese masala, a multi-ethnic mix of spices.
 
1989, 135 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. With Bengaru, Masako Motai, Toru Minegishi, Takashi Sasano, Akira Emoto.
 
"Quirky, original and unpredictable."
--Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

Part of Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective.

Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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