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Screening of Kon Ichikawa's 'Odd Obsession'

Screening of Kon Ichikawa's 'Odd Obsession'

The screening of 'Odd Obsession' (1959, 96 min) is a tribute to the passing of director Kon Ichikawa, with Director Shunji Iwai.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Odd Obsession (1959, 96 min): Director Kon Ichikawa's adaptation of Junichiro Tanizaki's KAGI is a black comedy reminiscent of the films of Luis Buuel. Ganjiro Nakamura stars as Mr. Kenmochi, an aged Japanese art critic whose increasing impotence has led him to take injections to maintain his sex life. However, even this remedy is now failing him, and, hoping to use jealousy to achieve arousal, he decides to instigate a relationship between his wife, Ikuko (Machiko Ky), and the attractive younger Dr. Kimura (Tatsuya Nakadai). After Kenmochi shows the doctor nude photos of his wife as well as employing other expedients, the two begin a passionate affair, much to the disappointment of Toshiko (Junko Kano), Kenmochi's daughter, who has a crush on the doctor. Ichikawa's fascinating film is photographed by the estimable Kazuo Miyagawa (KAGEMUSHA, YOJIMBO, and RASHOMON) and is exceptionally well acted, particularly by Ky as the perverse Ikuko. ( synopsis)

Director Shunji Iwai will also be featured as a guest speaker.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and  The Crank Film Society.

Sponsor(s): The Crank Film Society

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