ASIAN FILM - News
10:59 - 7th May 2012, by David West

The BFI Presents Two Masters of Japanese Cinema:

April 2012 marks the 100th birthday of Kaneto Shindo, one of the leading talents in post-war Japanese film. Throughout June and July BFI Southbank will host a two-part retrospective which pays tribute both to Shindo himself and to his friend, colleague and contemporary Kozaburo Yoshimura (1911-2000), one of the neglected masters of classical Japanese film.

June's programme focuses primarily on the 1950s, the period when their collaboration was closest. Yoshimura and Shindo's work together constitute a revealing social history and include some of Japanese cinema's most powerful and moving films.

Part Two of the season in July concentrates on Yoshimura's output from his later years at Daiei. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he continued to explore his traditional theme of female experience in a changing Japan.

Shindo's career as director and writer extends to the present day. From the 1960s, he shifted focus from the realism and explicit political commentary of his earlier work towards a greater stylisation. With Onibaba and Kuroneko, still arguably his best known films in the West, he produced two of the seminal works of Japanese horror.

For a full schedule of films and ticket information, visit the BFI website.

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