Following the success of Japan ’70: Cinema on the Edge in September 2021, HOME will offer another expanded season of Japanese films from the early to mid-1970s. Japanese cinema in the 1970s offered young (and not so young), daring and dangerous filmmakers exciting opportunities to push the boundaries of cinematic language and challenge outdated notions of good taste.
The result was some of the most delirious and in-your-face films ever put on celluloid. These are films where the Japanese new wave, underground and exploitation cinemas rubbed shoulders and cross-pollinated, ensuring that when audiences entered the cinema, they were never sure what they might get.
This is a new season of archive cinema, running from Sat 3 Sep to Tue 20 Sep, with plenty of films and events at HOME and the Lone Wolf and Cub double-bill at our partner venue Chapeltown Picture House on Sat 17 Sep.
This season is programmed by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film.
With thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
In this In This Season
Street Mobster intro
This screening on Sat 10 Sep will be introduced by Dr Fraser Elliot, University of Edinburgh.
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion intro
This screening on Mon 12 Sep will be introduced by season programmer Andy Willis.
Ecstasy of the Angels intro
Event/ This screening on Wed 14 Sep will be introduced by season programmer Andy Willis.
Previously in this In This Season
In the Realm of the Senses
A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual appetite, In the Realm of the Senses brilliantly – and graphically – merges politics and desire.
In the Realm of the Senses intro
Event/ This screening on Tue 20 Sep will be introduced by Kate Taylor-Jones, Professor of East Asian Cinema, University of Sheffield.
Event/ This screening on Sat 17 Sep will be introduced by season programmer Andy Willis, with BSL interpretation.
Ecstasy of the Angels
Drawing upon real events, a challenging film that combines the aesthetics of the underground with the imagery of the sex film to produce a potent…
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion
Nami - a gullible young woman, unjustly imprisoned - must find a way to escape in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed…
One Hour Intro/ Stars of Japanese Cinema in the 1970s
Encompassing performers such as Meiko Kaji, Sonny Chiba and Bunta Sugawara, this introductory talk will explore the importance of film stars in Japanese popular cinema…
Street Mobster is a stone-cold classic example of the 1970s the Japanese gangster film - an abrasive portrait of the rise and fall of a…
Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman
While traveling the countryside, blind Japanese warrior Zatoichi comes across Wang Kang, a Chinese swordsman protecting a brutally orphaned young child.
One Hour Intro/ The Paths of Zatoichi
Based on his 2021 book The Paths of Zatoichi, Jon Wroot presents a talk charting the history and influence of the Japanese film and television…
Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old Prostitute
High-school students Yasuko, Yôichi, Kôichi and Bill want to escape from their overwhelming sense of alienation from the world around them and indulge in group…
Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman intro
This screening on Sun 4 Sep will be introduced by Dr Jon Wroot, University of Greenwich, with BSL interpretation.