Film Series

Ghosts and Monsters: Postwar Japanese Horror

 
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Oct 26—Nov 1, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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In the wake of World War II and profound social upheaval, Japanese filmmakers channeled national trauma into a rich and distinctive horror cinema. As Toho Studios created new mythologies in the form of iconic kaiju—pop culture-conquering monsters like Godzilla and Mothra—visionary stylists like Kenji Mizoguchi, Kaneto Shindô, and Masaki Kobayashi drew from the past, spinning atmospheric ghost stories from classic Japanese folklore. Fantastical, otherworldly, and wildly unique, these tales of rampaging beasts and supernatural terror are triumphs of cinematic imagination.


 
PAST EVENTS
Godzilla
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Godzilla
 

Atomic age anxiety spawns the most mythic movie monster of the 20th century.

Fri, Oct 26, 2018
 
 
Ugetsu
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Ugetsu
 

Kenji Mizoguchi’s ravishing blend of social realism and the supernatural.

Sat, Oct 27, 2018
 
 
Mothra
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Mothra
 

Meet Toho’s first female kaiju in this Pop Art marvel of fantastical strangeness.

Oct 27—Nov 1, 2018
 
 
Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell
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Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell
 

An oozing alien vampire takes on humankind in this apocalyptic sci-fi freakout.

Sat, Oct 27, 2018
 
 
Kwaidan
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Kwaidan
 

Four chilling ghost stories in one of the most visually splendorous horror movies ever.

Sun, Oct 28, 2018
 
 
Jigoku
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Jigoku
 

Japanese horror pioneer Nobuo Nakagawa drags us through the pits of hell.

Sun, Oct 28, 2018
 
 
Pitfall
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Pitfall
 

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s visionary blend of modernist ghost story and anti-capitalist screed.

Tue, Oct 30, 2018
 
 
Kuroneko
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Kuroneko
 

Kaneto Shindô’s mesmeric tale of feline spirits out for witchy revenge.

Wed, Oct 31, 2018
 
 
Onibaba
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Onibaba
 

Primal passions and twisted mind games in a psychosexual nightmare vision of feudal Japan.

Wed, Oct 31, 2018