May 25 - 30
By the early 1950s, Kenji Mizoguchi had already established himself as one of Japan's greatest directors, known for his mastery of the long take and his deeply sympathetic treatment of female characters. In the remaining years before his 1956 death, working primarily in the jidai-geki (period film) genre, he surpassed himself with a string of masterpieces that achieved a level of stylistic refinement and dramatic power equaled by few other filmmakers. We present new 4K digital restorations of two of Mizoguchi's late masterpieces, one an epic saga of a family sundered by cruelty and injustice, the other an intimate drama of forbidden love. Both films are enhanced by the luminous cinematography of Kazuo Miyagawa and the haunting music of Fumio Hayasaka.
— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming