Portraying the Human Condition: The Films of Masaki Kobayashi and Tatsuya Nakadai

When 15 May 2015 - 24 May 2015
Where Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave
Astoria, NY 11106
United States
Enquiry (718) 777 6888

Legend has it that the director Masaki Kobayashi (1916–1996) discovered the young actor Tatsuya Nakadai working as a shop clerk in Tokyo and, casting him in a small part in his film The Thick-Walled Room (1953), gave Nakadai his first role, initiating one of the most legendary collaborations in all of Japanese cinema. “Nakadai embodied postwar individualism and youth culture—in his clear enunciation and strong, deep speaking voice and in his expressive body movements, facial mobility, and willingness to convey deeply felt emotions, rather than repressing them on behalf of an outworn notion of samurai dignity,” wrote film historian Joan Mellen. This perfectly suited Kobayashi, a pacifist who had suffered for his convictions during World War II. Summarizing his work, he said “All of my pictures are concerned with resisting entrenched power. I suppose I have always challenged authority.” Nakadai, returning to Museum of the Moving Image for the third time, now realizes a dream of revisiting his collaborations with Kobayashi, including their anti-war masterpiece, the ten-hour trilogy The Human Condition.

Samurai Rebellion (Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu)
Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

The Human Condition Part I: No Greater Love (Ningen no joken) with Tatsuya Nakadai
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 p.m.

The Human Condition Part II: Road to Eternity (Ningen no joken)
Saturday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.

The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no joken)
Sunday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.

Black River (Kuroi Kawa)
Sunday, May 17, 5:00 p.m.

The Inheritance (Karami-ai)
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 p.m.

Strike a Life for Nothing (a.k.a. Inn of Evil) (Inochi bo ni furo)
Saturday, May 23, 5:00 p.m.

Harakiri with Tatsuya Nakadai
Sunday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.

Co-presented with the Japan Foundation. In partnership with Subway Cinema. Special thanks to Hideo Nakamura and Janus Films

Airfare accommodation is provided by All Nippon Airways (ANA)

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