Eros + Massacre
(Erosu purasu gyakusatsu)

Kiju Yoshida and Mariko Okada in Person
Screening on Film
$10 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Kiju Yoshida .
With Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yuko Kusunoki.
Japan, 1969, 35mm, black & white, 158 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Print source: The Japan Foundation

One of the great late works of the Japanese New Wave, Yoshida’s enduring masterpiece offers an epic and extraordinary vision of unconventional desire as a potent yet ultimately untenable mode of political resistance. Confronting a dark moment in modern Japanese history, Eros + Massacre chronicles the final days of prominent feminist Noe Ito—beautifully portrayed by Mariko Okada –and her lover, the firebrand anarchist Sakae Osugu, leading up to their brutal assassination in 1923 by the military authorities. Yoshida brilliantly interweaves his lush evocation of the doomed revolutionaries’ intellectual and amorous adventures—and the intense love triangle that blossomed between Ito, Osugu and a spirited young woman journalist—with a moving portrait of the aimless love of two restless student radicals in 1960s Tokyo.  Eros + Massacre’s increasingly fluid passage from tragic past to urgent present suggests how political rebellion is pulled by a deeper, almost mythic pattern forged by the imagination and desire shared by two generations of revolutionaries.

Introduction and Q&A featuring David Pendleton, Haden Guest, Kiju Yoshida, and Mariko Okada. (transcript forthcoming)

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