Saturday, December 11, 2010

CATERPILLAR © 2010 Wakamatsu Production, Inc.

2010, 85 min., DigiBeta, color, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Koji Wakamatsu.
New York Premiere.

Adapted from a 1929 Edogawa Rampo short story, Caterpillar, for which Shinobu Terajima won the Silver Bear for Best Actress earlier this year at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, is an explosive anti-war missile and the grueling account of a co-dependent relationship between lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa (Shima Ohnishi, United Red Army) who returns from the second Sino-Japanese war as a hero but without his arms and legs, and his wife Shigeko (Terajima), who dutifully cares for him in the name of the Emperor and the Greater Good. Reduced to a lump of physical needs and drives, the diminutive “living God-soldier” sleeps, eats, and requires regular sex while she derives grim contentment from wheeling her spouse around the village in his uniform and medals like a portable idol, under the mindful eyes of everyone in his village – neighbors, “friends” and relatives.

Director Koji Wakamatsu is a former yakuza, convict and pink film director who came to prominence with his 1965 Golden Bear-nominated film Secrets Behind the Wall. Using his camera as a political weapon, Wakamatsu has continued to make virulent, provocative and powerful films, infuriating Japanese authorities and getting him banned from American, Russian and Chinese territories.

Part of the series: Shadows of the Rising Sun: Cinema and Empire

$12/$9 Japan Society members, students & seniors

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