A Story of Floating Weeds: A Masters of Japanese Cinema

Posted on: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:32pm

Pickford Film Center and Western Libraries present

A Story of Floating Weeds

Tuesday May 17, 6:30
With an introduction by Kaveh Askari.

An itinerant kabuki troupe, led by aging actor Kihachi, arrives in a small town. He frequents the local cafe owner, who is an old flame, and with whom he fathered a son. Shinkinchi's jealous mistress Otaka pays a young actress in the troupe to seduce Shinkichi, but the young pair fall in love. When Kihachi finds out, he throws a fit. When Shinkichi discovers Kihachi's true identity, he cannot forgive him. Meanwhile, the troupe suffers a loss and is disbanded. Kihachi embarks on an unknown future with Otaka.

The Masters of Japanese Cinema series at Pickford Film Center shares 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. In addition to his library duties, he occasionally teaches classes on popular music at Fairhaven College. He is an avid fan and student of Japanese film and popular music.