The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai
Saturday, August 21, 4:00 PM
Saturday, August 21, 4 PM
Wednesday, September 1, 7 PM
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2021
New York Premiere. Following the end of Japan’s Edo period in 1867—when governing power was relinquished by the Tokugawa shogunate and restored to the Emperor—a civil war erupts between imperial loyalists in the west and the remaining shogunate in the east. Caught between both armies, Tsuginosuke Kawai (Koji Yakusho, 13 Assassins), chief retainer of the Nagaoka domain in Echigo, decides to remain neutral in order to safeguard the lives of his clan. When his attempts at brokering peace through negotiation fail, however, Kawai resolves to face the end of the samurai era with dignity. Directed by Takashi Koizumi (After the Rain, 2000)—assistant director on Akira Kurosawa’s epic samurai masterpiece Ran (1985)—The Pass is a skillfully realized throwback to classic samurai cinema, replete with gorgeous period costumes and sets, epic battle scenes and even an appearance by legendary samurai actor Tatsuya Nakadai.
- Official Selection, Hawai’i International Film Festival 2021
Dir. Takashi Koizumi, 2020, 114 min.
Tickets: $15 / $10 members
Image: © 2020 "The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai" Film Partners.
JAPAN CUTS is sponsored by Shiseido Americas.
Additional support is provided by Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.
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.