Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Cinema of Shintoho

When 9 Dec 2012 - 21 Dec 2012
Where Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium
1050 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20013
United States

Founded in 1947, the short-lived film studio Shintoho specialized in cheap exploitation flicks that have since become cult classics. This retrospective, curated by film critic Mark Schilling for the Udine Far East Film Festival, provides a sampling of Shintoho’s delightfully deranged output, from hard-hitting gangster movies to campy horror chillers.

December 9 – December 21 2012

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The short-lived Shintoho studio specialized in cheap exploitation flicks that have since become cult classics. This retrospective, curated by film critic Mark Schilling for the Udine Far East Film Festival, provides a sampling of Shintoho’s delightfully deranged output. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Ghost Story of Yotsuya, Sunday, December 9, 1 pm

This adaption of a kabuki play is a Japanese Macbeth about a monstrous ambition whose fruits are murder most foul.

Ghost Cat of Otama Pond, Sunday, December 9, 2:30 pm

A young couple gets caught in a web of ghostly revenge in this horror movie, with a black cat serving as a conduit between the worlds of the living and dead.

Vampire Bride, Sunday, December 9, 4 pm

A dance student with a horrific facial scar seeks help from a sorceress in the mountains, who ultimately transforms her into a powerful monster.

The Horizon Glitters, Friday, December 14, 7 pm

Based on a story by Shinji Fujiwara, this black comedy about a prison break gone wrong is a brilliant one-off that doesn’t fit in the usual genre boxes.

Flesh Pier, Sunday, December 16, 1 pm

An undercover cop investigating a call-girl ring operating out of a Ginza nightclub is surprised to discover the boss’s moll is his long-lost love.

Death Row Woman, Sunday, December 16, 2:30 pm

Arrested for the murder of her wealthy father, convicted on false evidence, and sentenced to death, the heroine of Death Row Woman is determined to prove her innocence.

Yellow Line, Sunday, December 16, 4 pm

A hit man takes a dancer hostage and hops a train to Kobe. When her boyfriend finds her shoe on the platform, he hurries to the port city in search of her.

Revenge of the Pearl Queen, Friday, December 21, 7 pm

Introduced by author and film critic Mark Schilling, curator of the Shintoho retrospective. He will sign his books (on sale throughout the evening).

A woman falls off a ship to escape a would-be rapist and becomes a castaway. When she finds a fortune in pearls, she schemes to trap the criminals who sent her overboard.

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