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SHINJUKU ECSTASY: INDEPENDENT FILMS FROM THE ART THEATER GUILD OF JAPAN
February 18 – March 1
An astounding retrospective that highlights the cream of the Art Theater Guild of Japan. Despite the clunky name, this distributor turned production company was one of the most psychedelic, crazy, insane filmmaking collectives ever to hit the planet Earth. Starting in 1967 they produced films by the likes of Nagisa Oshima, and turned Japanese moviemaking on its ear with flicks like the gay Oedipus happening, FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES, and terrorist porn flick, ECSTASY OF ANGELS by Koji Wakamatsu (UNITED RED ARMY). If you miss the 60’s, or if you just need a heady blast of sexual trangression, freak-a-delic imagery and black-and-white celluloid dreams, then get over here.
These movies aren’t playing for long, and they’re super-rare. This weekend the essential viewing consists of FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Friday, Feb. 20 @ 7:30pm) a version of OEDIPUS set in 1969’s gay scene in Tokyo and it’s a tornado of eye shadow, clumped mascara and garage rock. Then there’s Nagisa Oshima’s absurdist docu-drama DEATH BY HANGING (Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 3pm) which is ATG’s first production and is about a convict sentenced to death who refuses to die no matter how many times they hang him by the neck.
Walter Reade Theater
Film Comment Selects
THE CHASER (2008, Korea, 125 minutes)
Saturday, February 21 @ 6pm
Saturday, February 28 @ 1:30pm
The sleeper hit of 2008 (in Korea), THE CHASER is a taut thriller about an ex-cop turned pimp looking for one of his “girls” who has been abducted by a serial killer. Sure it sounds lurid, and it is, but it’s also an incredibly accomplished film that feels like something a South Korea David Fincher would come up with: a realistic, unnerving, occasionally gruesome thriller where the ticking clock whips its characters into extreme states of distress.
Angelika Film Center
SERBIS (Philippines, 2008)
Screening daily (Showtimes)
Brillante Mendoza’s scuzzy, funny, pretty, ugly, fascinating portrait of the ecosystem of a family-run porn theater in Manila is compulsive viewing and it’s been running forever at the Angelika. It’s a feature film, but it shoots a day in the life of the family in fly-on-the-bathroom-wall style and feels like a slice of reality served up fresh and nasty.
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