November 4–10, 2005
Featuring All New 35mm Prints!
Tatsuya Nakadai capping moves of tigerish grace with a Tiger Woods follow-through; Toshiro Mifune, surrounded by killers, looking up from the still warm corpse of a loved one and emitting a growl/moan wrenched from the depths. Samurai! Stark conflicts of loyalty vs. duty. Shakespearean power plays. Contemporary social criticism under period guise. Like all great genres, what we call the samurai film (to the Japanese, a jidai-geki, period film, or its subgenre chambara, a chop-'em-up) can encompass a wide range of subject matter and tone, while retaining its own unique flavor - as well as reserving for itself the most kinetic and balletic of action sequences. "When a man is surrounded inside a burning house by a dozen heavily armed warriors and it's the warriors who are in trouble, you know you're watching a samurai movie." - Henry Sheehan, Boston Phoenix. - Notes from the Film Forum, NYC
Thanks to the thoughtful folks at Janus Films, we're able to feature all new prints of some of the greatest samurai films of the past 50 years. From the matchlessly choreographed chaos of Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI to the freewheeling funkiness of BANDITS VS. SAMURAI SQUADRON, join us for this survey of spectacular big-screen swordplay.
Friday, November 4
SAMURAI SAGA at 5:00, 7:30, 10:00
Saturday, November 5
Sunday, November 6
Monday, November 7
THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30
Tuesday, November 8
BANDITS VS. SAMURAI SQUADRON at 4:45, 8:00
Wednesday, November 9
Thursday, November 10
Special Benefit Screening Night!
THE SEVEN SAMURAI at 8:00