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Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji

February 10—12, 2017

Known for her fashionable modern style, long black tresses and piercing gaze, the inimitable Meiko Kaji rose to the top of the Japanese film industry in the late 1960s and '70s, working with some of the era's most talented filmmakers to create several now-classic genre film archetypes along the way—from hard-boiled girl gang bosses to kimono-clad, sword-wielding assassins. Japan Society celebrates the iconic star (who turns 70 in March) with a pre-Valentine's Day weekend full of female rebellion, ice-cold vengeance and tough love, highlighting a selection of her most memorable roles. Guest curated by Marc Walkow.  

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

Special offers:
All Access Pass:
(1 ticket for each film in the series, 5 tickets total)
Save $3 per ticket. $50/$35 seniors & students/$30 Japan Society members

Double Feature Pass:
(2 different films in the same transaction)
Save $2 per ticket. $22/$16 seniors & students/$14 Japan Society members
 

About Meiko Kaji:

“'Japanese movie stars don't get much more iconic than actress Meiko Kaji. Born as Masako Ota in Tokyo in 1947, Kaji's history is sadly one of being continually misunderstood by the studios which employed her. Originally groomed as a matinee idol at Nikkatsu in the ’60s, she instead found fame there as the leader of a hard-boiled girl gang, riding motorcycles and brawling tooth-and-nail with both men and women. She moved over to Toei in the early ’70s, again miscast as a replacement for recently-retired period film star Junko Fuji, who had embodied a different kind of beauty and strength throughout the sixties. Before long, however..."

Read more . . .

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Special thanks to Arrow Video, a subsidiary label of Arrow Films: arrowvideo.com



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, Laurel Gonsalves, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, David S. Howe, and Geoff Matters.

Image: Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance © 1974 Toho Co., Ltd.

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