Globus Film Series

March 9-19, 2011

The Walls of Abashiri Prison (pt. 3): Longing for Home © Toei Co. Ltd., Outrage: The Way of the Modern Yakuza © 2010 “Outrage” Production Committee, The Yakuza © 1975 Warner Bros, The Wolves © 1971 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

This season, the Globus Film Series presents the Japanese gangster movie genre through its various avatars, transformations and contradictions, from 1960s productions featuring chivalrous kimono-clad, sword-wielding gangsters and gamblers to today's ruthless gun-toting villains dealing in debt, hustling hardcore porn and scheming and scamming in dark trades and deeds. Over the past 50 years, they've remained snarling, swaggering, tattooed and inexplicably sexy. In the line-up, there will be blood and broken bones, hookers and hopheads, and plenty of juicy political blackmail… in 15 films that rack up the stiffs like Jacobean tragedies and show grand visions of manly amity and betrayal: classics and lesser known titles by Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive), Hideo Gosha (The Wolves), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Rokuro Mochizuki (A Yakuza In Love, Onibi: The Fire Within) and Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza), among other offerings you can't refuse.

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50% of all ticket sales will go to Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

The Yakuza

Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 PM
Introduction and Q&A with director/writer Paul Schrader
(Taxi Driver, Raging Bull)

Onibi: The Fire Within

Thursday, March 10, 8:15 PM
+ Lecture
Introduction and Q&A with Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice

The Wolves

Friday, March 11, 7:30 PM
Followed by opening "Gangsta
Party" with High Teen Boogie!


Honor Amongst Ruffians Saturday
Or: the Films You'll Never Ever Find on DVD... Ever

The Walls of Abashiri Prison (pt. 3): Longing
for Home

網走番外地 望郷編
Saturday, March 12, 1 PM

Brutal Tales of Chivalry

Saturday, March 12, 3 PM
International Premiere!

Theater of Life: Hishakaku

人生劇場 飛車角
Saturday, March 12, 5:15 PM
U.S. Premiere!

Blood of Revenge

明治俠客伝 三代目襲名
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM

A Dog-Eat-Dog World Sunday

Cops Vs. Thugs

Sunday, March 13, 3:15 PM

Battles Without Honor and Humanity A.K.A. The Yakuza Papers (pt. 3):
Proxy War

仁義なき戦い 代理戦争
Sunday, March 13, 5:30 PM

Youth of the Beast

Sunday, March 13, 7:30 PM

Dead or Alive

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 PM
Takashi Miike’s appearance is canceled.


A Yakuza in Love A.K.A. Villainous Love

Thursday, March 17, 7:30 PM
International Premiere!
With a special preview of
Bye Bye Kitty!!!


Friday, March 18, 7:30 PM
International Premiere!


Yakuza Wives

Saturday, March 19, 5 PM
U.S. Premiere!


Outrage: The Way of the Modern Yakuza

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 PM
Closing film--New York Premiere!

Hardest Men in Town is made possible through the generous support of The Globus Family.

Japan Society’s 2010-2011 Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by The Globus Family, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Jeffrey Catanzaro, Randall I. Stempler, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.

Ikko Kawamura and Tadayuki Okubo (Toei Co., Ltd); Itsumi Matsuura and Haruko Watanabe (GAGA Corporation); Kenji Ogino (Toho Co., Ltd.); Tom Quinn and Peter Van Steemburg (Magnolia Pictures) Mayumi Nagumo, Asako Suzuki and Nobuhiko Kurosu (Kadokawa Shoten, Inc.); Mari Imaizumi, Grant Tompkins, Yukihiro Ohira, and Isao Tsujimoto (The Japan Foundation); Tomohiro Hayashi (Nikkatsu Corp); Marilee Womack (Warner Bros.); Takako Hirayama and Rina Sasakura (Nikkatsu Corporation); Brian Belavorac and Sarah Finklea (Janus Films), Jake Adelstein, Keiko Kusakabe (Makotoya Co., Ltd).

Special thanks to: Marc Walkow and Goran Topalovic.

Art on display during the screenings courtesy of Sean D’Anconia / Her Majesty’s Secret Studio.

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