BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.3331@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20110930T000000Z DTEND:20111016T000000Z DESCRIPTION:\n\nFounded upon the consolidation of several production compan ies and theater chains\, Nikkatsu Corporation has enjoyed a rich history of film production and distribution since 1912. During World War II\, Nik katsu was forcibly combined with several other Japanese studios to form a large\, government-influenced studio\, but in 1954 the company resumed production under its own control.\n\nSearching for its own niche in the bo oming postwar Japanese film industry\, Nikkatsu moved into the youth mark et with its stirring screen adaptation of Shintaro Ishihara&rsquo\;s <em> Season of the Sun</em> . As the vogue for these youth films began to wane in the early Sixties\, Nikkatsu launched a series of hard-boiled action films that remain perhaps the company&rsquo\;s best-known period internat ionally. Led by such action stars as Shishido Joe\, Yujiro Ishihara\, and Hideaki Nitani\, Nikkatsu action introduced a new kind of protagonist\, often cynical and at odds with a society revealed to be totally corrupt. With aging action stars and a public looking for something new\, Nikkatsu in the Seventies created &ldquo\;Roman Porno\,&rdquo\; &ldquo\;romantic pornography\,&rdquo\; a series of soft-core erotic films that featured re al (if often bizarre) plots and actors.\n\n&ldquo\;Velvet Bullets and Stee l Kisses&rdquo\; was organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with Nikkatsu Corporation\, the Japan Foundation\, and the National Film Cent er of Japan. This Centenary Celebration of Nikkatsu will be screened late r this year at the Festival of 3 Continents in Nantes\, France\, as well as at the Cin&eacute\;math&egrave\;que Fran&ccedil\;aise.\n\nFor more info rmation\, please visit http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-velvet-bu llets-and-steel-kisses-celebrating-the-nikkatsu-centennial\n\n SUMMARY:NYFF Velvet Bullets & Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centen nial URL:/en/events/2011/09/30/nyff-velvet-bullets-steel-kisses-celebrating-th/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR