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BEFORE WE VANISH
SANPO SURU SHINRYAKUSHA
2017, Neon , 129 min, Japan , Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Very few filmmakers can stake claim to the extraordinary run that Kiyoshi Kurosawa had from CURE (1997) to PULSE (2001), films energized by the director’s anger and frustration with society. In this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, the vanguard of an alien invasion arrives to take control of human bodies and study our emotions and values. But even as the invaders learn that most of us aren’t worth saving, Kurosawa cannot give up on his fellow man and woman, and humanity’s most positive qualities could be the key to our salvation.


WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI
2013, Drafthouse Films, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Sion Sono

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s People's Choice Midnight Madness Award! Described by its provocative writer-director as “an action film about the love of 35mm,” Sion Sono’s 31st film was penned some 15 years ago, long before digital cinema became the norm. A violent confrontation with a rival yakuza clan leaves a mob boss's wife in prison and his daughter’s performing career derailed. Some down-on-their-luck moviemakers may be able to give the aspiring actress a boost - but they are walking into a bloodbath. Impossible to categorize and astonishing to experience, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is a visceral and visual rush unlike anything else. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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