Kurosawa in the 21st Century
More than a decade after his death, Akira Kurosawa remains not only the most famous Japanese filmmaker in the world but, in the words of Time magazine, 'one of the few epic poets of the cinema.'
Kurosawa expert Daisuke Miyao will explore the legendary director's evolving legacy in 'Kurosawa in the 21st Century,' a lecture on September 12 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Asia Society Texas Center is hosting the free talk, which inaugurates the MFAH's Akira Kurosawa @100 film series. A reception will follow. Miyao will then introduce a screening of Stray Dog, Kurosawa's brooding 1949 crime flick.
An associate professor of East Asian languages and literature at the University of Oregon, Miyao has written extensively on Japanese film. He is the author of Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom and is editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema.
'Kurosawa had an uncanny ability to draw from a global cultural heritage that incorporates Japanese art as well as Western theatrical drama, literature, cinema, and music,' Miyao says. 'This lecture examines Kurosawa's legacy from the perspective of the globalization of politics, economy, and culture.'
The Akira Kurosawa @100 series begins on Friday, September 10, and extends into December. It features 21 films, from acknowledged masterpieces such as Seven Samurai, Ikiru, and Throne of Blood to lesser-known films such as Kurosawa's directorial debuts Sanshiro Sugata I and II (1943-1945). Films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
The lecture and screenings will be in the MFAH's Brown Auditorium Theater. To purchase tickets or to examine the schedule of showings, visit www.mfah.org/film. No ticket is required for Miyao's talk or the reception.
For more information contact Fritz Lanham, director of programs, Asia Society Texas Center, 713-439-0051 Ext. 17 or FritzL@asiasociety.org.
Asia Society Texas Center and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, would like to give special thanks to Sarah Finklea and Brian Belovarac, Janus Films; Grant Tompkins and Mari Imaizumi, Japan Foundation of New York; Jim Sinclair, Pacific Cin??math?Nque; Kazuyuki Akiyama and Ryan Pauley, Consulate General of Japan at Houston; Carl Rosa, Japan America Society of Houston; the Houston Film Critics Society; and the Sushi Club.