Globus Film Series

Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

March 24—April 8, 2017

While Godzilla undoubtedly ranks among Japanese cinema's most well-known and beloved exports, the series of films in which he stars is only one of the many remarkable entries within the rich and varied universe of Japanese tokusatsu ("special effects") films. This seven-film series, a modified version of the program organized for the 2016 Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy by film critic and writer Mark Schilling, goes beyond Toho's superstar monster to introduce a selection of titles that display the wide-ranging imagination of the Japanese sci-fi/fantasy genre, including innovative B-movies, kaiju eiga ("monster movies") and non-Godzilla classics involving director Ishiro Honda and effects maestro Eiji Tsuburaya.  

$13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

EXCEPT screening of The H-Man + Opening Night Party:
$16/$13 seniors & students/$12 Japan Society members

Special Offer: Buy tickets to at least 3 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket.

Related Program: Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube
(Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM)

From the Curator's Note:

“'Ever since Ishiro Honda's 1954 Godzilla first rampaged across screens around the world, its title monster has become both Japan's best-known pop culture export and a universal symbol of mass destruction. But Godzilla has also cast a long, scaly shadow obscuring Japan's other live-action contributions to the sci-fi/fantasy genre..."

Read more . . .


Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema is made possible through the generous support of The Globus Family.

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

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, James Read Levy, Laurel Gonsalves, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, David S. Howe, Geoff Matters, and Michael Romano.

Acknowledgments: Masakazu Itsukage, Miki Zeze (Kadokawa Corporation); Sabrina Baracetti (Udine Far East Film Festival); Sae Nakazawa, Masako Tomita (Toho Co., Ltd.); Meghan Edwards (Swank Pictures).

Images: Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris © 1999 Kadokawa Corp.

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