Masters of Asian Cinema

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One of our longest running, most loved series – the films offered in the Masters of Asian Cinema Series span decades and genres, but Curator Jeff Purdue’s selections always represent the very best in World Cinema. Each film features an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.

We’re on a break for the summer, but stay tuned for information about the 2016-2017 series, back in the fall!

Harmonium

Introduced by Massimiliano Tomasi
Harmonium won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2016. Like Fukada’s other films, it is a compelling examination the concept of giri, the specifically Japanese sense of the complex web of social obligations. Harmonium is a Dostoevskian tale involving a family of three, the metal shop that they own and run, and an ex-con who comes into the picture. The film develops in some surprising directions, so the less said here the better....
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Pom Poko

Introduced by Dawn Dietrich
Pom Poko is directed by one of the two founders of Studio Ghibli, Takahata Isao, who has also directed Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, among other films. Pom Poko concerns a group of tanuki, often translated as “raccoon dogs.” These are animals native to Japan who have appeared in folklore and children’s songs for hundreds of years, in which they are reputed to have shape-shifting powers similar...
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