25th Anniversary of Akira Kurosowa’s final epic masterpiece in new 35 mm print
April 16 -22 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
2010 Marks Kurosawa Centennial
Rialto Pictures presents RAN, the 27th film by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Hidden Fortress), opens April 16 at the Music Box Theatre. 2010 is Kurosawa’s centennial year and marks the 25th anniversary of RAN’s original release.
In its epic scale, stylistic grandeur and tragic contemplation of human destiny, RAN (literally, “chaos” or “turmoil”) brings together the great themes and gorgeous images of the director’s life work. A brilliantly conceived meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear, crossed with Japan’s 16th-century Civil Wars, it stars the great Tatsuya Nakadai (Kagemusha, High and Low, Yojimbo, Hara Kiri, etc. etc.) as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging ruler who decides to abdicate and divide his land equally among his three sons, unleashing an intense power struggle as his sons and daughters-in-law scheme for power and revenge. A spectacular adventure punctuated by epic battle scenes, RAN was at the time of its release the most expensive film ever made in Japan, with breathtaking color and a visual splendor that remains unparalleled. (Kurosawa devised the entire film in watercolors ten years before production began). Named Best Foreign Film of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle and Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics, RAN was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director, Cinematography, and Art Direction, with Emi Wada winning for her dazzling, three-years-in-the-making costumes. (Japan, 1985)
“Spectacular! Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!” -The New York Times
“***** [FIVE STARS – HIGHEST RATING] Critics’ pick! Kurosawa’s magisterial epic demands viewing on the big screen!” – Time Out New York
“Awe inspiring! Takes its place among the major screen versions of Shakespeare. The battle scenes are horrifying, yet extraordinarily beautiful.” -The Village Voice
“Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece, transposing King Lear to period Japan, is one of the most exquisite spectacles ever made, a color-coordinated epic tragedy of carnage and betrayal—passionate, somber, and profound.” -New York magazine
Campus Greens Presents: The First Ever: Southeast Asian Film Festival
In the Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center), Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus
1. 7:00-7:15 p.m. MOTORCYCLE/ Thailand (14 min)
In a remote village in north-east Thailand, the only
phone begins to ring. It is a call from the city that Grandfather Koon’s son has been killed in a motorcycle crash. Somehow, Koon must bring the body back to the village and ensure that there is a proper funeral.
The island of Belitong, Indonesia. Two teachers, Muslimah and Harfan, eagerly await the beginning of the new school year and the arrival of their new pupils. At least ten pupils need to attend their Islamic primary school, otherwise the educational authority will close them down. No wonder they are both nervous. Fortunately, ten students end up registering for school–most of the children being from families of poor day laborers. Muslimah decides to call the group of first graders the “rainbow troops.” Following the children over a period of five years, we observe as these disadvantaged children struggle for the right to make their dreams reality.
2009 Best Film/ Asian Film Award
This documentary film explores the lives of five motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok, Thailand. These young men, many of whom grew up on rice paddies, have left the country and taken up the lethal vocation of driving motorcycle taxis in one of the world’s most famously
Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there’s no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim’s parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by (firstname.lastname@example.org}
-Best Cinemetoghraphy/ Asian Pactific Film Award
-Silver Hugo/Chicago Intl. Film Award
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family’s extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film.
Winner 2009 Academy
Awards/ Best Documentary Feature
-2009 Independent Spirit Award Nominee For Best Documentary
Filopino 5:30-7:00 p.m.
In frustration, a young woman calls out to her father, who stands no more than twenty feet away from her in a crowded hands the anguished father a microphone, whispering, Use this. She’ll hear you when you use this. To the cheers of the crowd, the father speaks into the microphone, telling his daughter how much he loves her. This film brings this gentle humor to complex relationships between parents and children, and to social and religious issues of life in and around a Jakarta mosque, through the eyes and voices of children, and the powerful imagery of a prayer rug, young love—and eggs.
Be With Me is a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, and destiny. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they all long to be with their loved one. Unbeknownst to them, these different souls will share the same stage in a play written by Fate, one which involves the themes of love, tragedy, and redemption. The characters in the movie are fictitious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa – who is now 61 – is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. She is the film’s beacon, a symbol of strength and hope.
Co-Sponsored by: Campus Greens, SAF, Anthropology Dept, INTS Dept., Asian
Studies Dept, VASA, LUCINE
If students are interested in attending the Ann Arbor film festival this year in Michigan–March 24th-28th, some housing co-ops are offering to take students in for free. You should contact them ASAP:
— Debs Co-op, contact Alexandra (Alex) Lee at email@example.com (can host 2-4 students). Debs Co-op has housed AAFF guest previously – a nice place.
— Nakamura Co-op, contact Katie Helegda at firstname.lastname@example.org (can host 7-10 for three nights)
This is the main link to UM ICC co-ops for additional information about Debs and Nakamura: http://www.icc.coop/houses/
Students would have access to showers and facilities, but would be staying in couches/floor in the common areas, not private rooms. (Maybe bring sleeping bags just in case…?) They can bring food into the house but are requested to leave the co-op food reserves be and to respect quiet hours. Students are welcome to join the co-op members for a meal if invited.