Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 170: Tue Nov 2

Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka, 1937): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.45pm

This 35mm screening is part of the huge Japan season at BFI Southbank. Full details of the screenings in the season can be found here

BFI introduction:
Sadao Yamanaka established himself as a master of jidaigeki (period dramas) before his prodigious career was cut tragically short: conscripted into the army, he died in China aged 28. Set among the downtrodden in claustrophobic Tokugawa-era Edo (today’s Tokyo), this film concerns a ronin (masterless samurai) who gets caught up in a risky kidnapping plot. Yamanaka’s masterly swansong is an enduring testament to the naturalism and humanity of his work.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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