Japan embraced cinema with a startling speed and passion, quickly producing some of the undisputed masters of the screen. This season gives an overview of the glories of directors Ozu, Mizoguchi and Kurosawa.

Sansho Dayu

Mizoguchi’s sweeping epic of separated siblings shows him as a master of the moving camera. It has been hailed by Roger Ebert as “one of the best of all Japanese films”.

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Death by Hanging

Oshima emerges as the most talented of the Japanese new wave in this story of an execution gone wrong. Having paid for his crime once, a Korean man must be made to accept his guilt all over again.

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Dodes’ka-den

This tale of slum-dwellers was Kurosawa’s first venture into colour and marked a radical experiment whose boldness is only now becoming apparent.

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