Ryuji

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Film & Other Media

Mar 201118
7:30p.m.

Japan Society
333 E. 47th St.
New York, New York, 10017
United States

Part of the Japan Society's yakuza film series.

Ryuji is more than just a film, it is the final testament of a dying man, a young stage actor eager to find an interesting role on the big screen. His name is Shoji Kaneko. He likes writing and yakuza cinema, and chooses to write the story himself--the portrait of a young yakuza who (following the usual conceit) wants to leave the underworld, for the sake and love of his wife and daughter, after a long stint in jail. A fragile film, not unlike the performance of the lead actor/writer, who succumbed to cancer one week after the film's release.  An anti-noir film with unusual sheen and clarity, Ryuji is touched with breathtaking moments of loveliness and hints of peace, the blend of moral brinksmanship, and restrained visuals.

$12, $9 for members, students and seniors.

 

APA_Institute . Last modified Mar 16 2011 2:45 p.m.


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