"Twilight Samurai": Masters of Japanese Cinema Series

Posted on: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:07pm

 The Pickford Cinema
1416 Cornwall Ave
(360) 738-0735

presents the next film in the Masters of Japanese Cinema Series 

"Twilight Samurai"
Tue. March 29  6:30 PM

Introduction by Sydney Atkins

  Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without  glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel.

The Masters of Japanese Cinema is a new series for Pickford Film Center, shining a light on the rich history of Japanese cinema, from old masters such as Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Naruse, to modern masters such as Miyazaki, Kore-eda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Curated by Jeff Purdue, a librarian and professor at Western Washington University.