Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi
(L-R) Hiroshi Yokota, Sachiko Kobayashi, and Kazuo Hara during the production of Goodbye CP. Courtesy of Shisso Productions.

Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi

Streaming June 4 - July 2

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shisso Productions, the independent film company founded by influential Japanese documentarian Kazuo Hara and his wife, producer and collaborator, Sachiko Kobayashi. Widely-recognized for their compelling, complicated and deeply personal portraits of iconoclastic individual—such as the ex-soldier Kenzo Okuzaki hellbent on exposing unspoken war crimes in their best-known film, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)—Hara and Kobayashi have dedicated their lives to documenting the struggle between people and the powers that be.

In recognition of the pair’s milestone with Shisso Productions, Japan Society presents a career-spanning online retrospective of Hara and Kobayashi’s work—from the groundbreaking debut Goodbye CP (1972) to their latest epic documentary Minamata Mandala (2020)—including their rarely screened sole narrative feature, The Many Faces of Chika (2005). Presented in partnership with Janus Films and Shisso Productions.

Tickets: $10 / 20% off members

Bundle 1: $30 / 20% off members
Includes: Goodbye CP, Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, A Dedicated Life, and Sennan Asbestos Disaster - Available in the US and Canada.

Bundle 2: $20 / 20% off members
Includes: The Many Faces of Chika, Reiwa Uprising, and Minamata Mandala.

Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

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