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Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan

November 8—December 17, 2016

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publishing giant Kadokawa's entry into film production. Established by the larger-than-life, controversial businessman, producer and visionary Haruki Kadokawa, the game-changing film studio went on to redefine Japanese popular culture and media from the late 1970s through the 1980s with a series of highly marketed blockbusters, pop idol vehicles and off-the-walls genre films, each a unique blend of mainstream pop and experimental cinema unlike anything Japan had seen at the time. This mini-retrospective offers six celebrated and rarely-screened selections—almost all in brand-new 4k restorations! Guest curated by Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.  

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

Special offer: Purchase at least 3 tickets in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket!

From the Curator's Note:

“'Akira Kurosawa famously refused to shake his hand, but Haruki Kadokawa reveled in his public image as a controversial overreacher. He cultivated his reputation as savior of Kadokawa Publishing, inventor of the "media-mix" strategy, initiator of the 1970s blockbusters, revolutionizer of the film and media business, box office king, producer of over 70 films and director of six, a prize-winning haiku poet, record-breaking sailor, unrepentant eccentric and head priest of his own Shinto shrine. Kadokawa was a mid-size publishing company when it announced, to great ridicule, that it was entering film production and focusing on a media mix strategy that marketed the novel, the film and the soundtrack together."

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Japan Society's Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, James Read Levy, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, Nachiketa Das, Laurel Gonsalves, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, David S. Howe, and Geoff Matters.

Additional support for Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan is provided by Masu Hiroshi Masuyama (MAM/Tokyo).

Images © Kadokawa Corp.

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