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A prolific and versatile filmmaker who worked across a wide range of genres throughout his long career, Umetsugu Inoue (1923-2010) made his mark at Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s with a series of highly entertaining, genre-blending musical films that captured the explosive energy of Japan's jazz fueled youth culture. For this weekend film series, Japan Society is proud to present three of Nikkatsu's newly-subtitled, full-color Inoue classics starring heartthrob (and so-called "Japanese Elvis Presley") Yujiro Ishihara, the biggest male singing film star in postwar Japan.

"A director who had a big impact on Japanese and Hong Kong pop cinema... Inoue's mix of music, action, and hot young talent became a template for a new genre, called Nikkatsu Action."
Variety


Tickets

$14/$11 seniors & students/$10 Japan Society members

Special Offer: Purchase all 3 Umetsugu Inoue films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket!

Related Workshop: Listen to songs from the 1950s, the 1980s and the 2010s in this related workshop at the Language Center. Intended for advanced students (level 11 and up). Includes admission to one film in the series.


Full Schedule

    • The Stormy Man
      Film

      The Stormy Man

      Saturday, December 15, 2018
      Sunday, December 16, 2018
     
This traveling retrospective was organized by Tom Vick, Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Film descriptions adapted from Asia Sings! A Survey of Asian Musical Films (Mark Schilling, 2006).

All images: © 1957 Nikkatsu Corporation.

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