Powers of the False: Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo
Jidaigeki is often translated as "period film" and sometimes classified as a "genre" of Japanese cinema, or even as a representation of traditional Japan. However, none of these descriptions is wholly accurate or informative. This talk by Phil Kaffen, lecturer in the department of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, focuses on Yamanaka Sadao's brilliant 1935 film Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo in order to illuminate the distinct imagination and complexity of jidaigeki in Japan, in addition to highlighting the skill of Yamanaka, one of Japan's great filmmakers. The film's comedic take on duplicity and art is central to jidaigeki and cinema, providing untold riches in a time of cultural anxiety and political unrest.
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program. Lunch will be provided.