Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 124: Fri Sep 17

Lovers Are Wet (Kumashiro, 1973): Barbican Cinema, 8.30pm

This presentation is part of the Japanese and Avent-Garde Film Festival season at the Barbican Cinema. You can find full details here.

Barbican Cinema introduction:
Smut or art? Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno series of pink films with Tatsumi Kumashiro’s existential shag-a-thon, Lovers are Wet. It’s Friday evening, and after a long week at work, it’s time to surreptitiously purchase your ticket, slipping unobserved into our erotic movie palace.

We’ve opted to mark this 50th anniversary of Nikkatsu Roman Porno with a somewhat subversive selection. Not out of place with the "angry young man" films by Nagisa Oshima and Shuji Terayama, Lovers are Wet depicts the return of a particularly nihilistic native to his seaside village. Working in a local softcore cinema, Katsu refuses to acknowledge his connection to the town, and begins a mission of cruel seduction. Kumashiro’s bleak and windswept vision is punctured by humour and depravity and serves as an angry broadside against censorship in Japan.

This screening includes an introduction by Jasper Sharp.

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