Film

Mandala
FILM

Mandala

曼陀羅 (Mandara)
Saturday, February 22, 1 PM

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Film · AKIO JISSOJI: THE BUDDHIST TRILOGY
Saturday, February 15, 4 PM
Saturday, February 22, 1 PM

Jissoji’s second feature addresses the despondency and confusion of Japan’s post-’68 youth through the divergent responses of two former anti-state student activists confronted by a menacing primitivist utopian cult invested in rape and agriculture. Referencing a range of contemporary political discourses and filmmaking practices—including the experimental arthouse of the New Wave and the radical pink “eroductions” of peers like Koji Wakamatsu—Mandala finds Jissoji continuing his investment in highly stylized and contentious material while also offering pointed criticism of the era’s excesses.

1971, 135 min., DCP, color and b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Akio Jissoji. With Shin Kishida, Ryo Tamura, Koji Shimizu, Akiko Mori, Hiroko Sakurai.

Part of Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students & persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members

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Please note: This film contains strong sexual content including depictions of sexual violence.

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