AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON
SANMA NO AJI
1962, Janus Films, 113 min, Japan, Dir: Yasujirô Ozu

The final film from master director Yasujirô Ozu touches upon many of his favorite themes: marriage, family ties, generation gaps and loneliness among them. Ozu regular Chishû Ryû stars as salaryman Hirayama, a widower who lives contentedly with his daughter and youngest son. But a night out drinking with a former teacher (Eijirō Tōno) prompts Hirayama to wonder if he has consigned his daughter to a life of spinsterhood. One of Ozu’s few color films, this understated drama puts his famously meticulous shot compositions to excellent use.


KILLERS ON PARADE
MY FACE RED IN THE SUNSET | YUHI NI AKAI ORE NO KAO
1961, Shochiku Company, 82 min, Japan, Dir: Masahiro Shinoda

Also known as KILLERS ON PARADE, this stylistically audacious action comedy-drama stars Yûsuke Kawazu as a gifted-but-green hired gunman who falls for one of his targets, a young reporter (Shima Iwashita) whose exposés of shady business dealings have turned the heat up on local yakuza. But the crime bosses also have put back-up assassins on her trail – though they have some trouble hitting their mark. If you enjoy the dark humor of directors like Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto, you will love this! In Japanese with English subtitles.


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