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AFS Presents: THE SLEEPING BEAST WITHIN
October 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 1960, 35mm, 85 min., B&W
In Japanese with English Subtitles
About the series ACTION, ANARCHY AND AUDACITY: A SEIJUN SUZUKI RETROSPECTIVE:
Seijun Suzuki is a towering giant of world cinema, a master of action and crime films with few rivals. He is also a rule-breaker who was fired by his studio for consistently injecting surrealism and dark humor into his films. His employer, Nikkatsu Films, was interested in making low to medium budget gangster movies that they could keep in a consistent rotation through mainstream movie houses in Japan. Suzuki, whose experiences as a soldier in the war had instilled in him a deep sense of irony and resistance to authority, continually added weirder and weirder stylistic elements to his films, much to the displeasure of the studio.
ABOUT THE SLEEPING BEAST WITHIN
When a middle aged salaryman is unknowingly used by drug traffickers he is dishonored and fires back at the Yakuza bosses, with destructive consequences. FIlmed in a high impact documentary style.