Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 201: Sun Dec 5

Straits of Hunger (Ushida, 1965): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 4.30pm

This 35mm presentation, part of the Japan season at BFI Southbank, is also being screened on December 18th. Full details here.

BFI introduction:
Veteran director Tomu Uchida made his own contribution to 1960s modernism with this epic thriller, which dramatises an apocalyptic crime and its aftermath as an extended allegory for the catastrophe of Japan’s involvement in World War Two and its subsequent revival and rehabilitation. Uchida’s grainy, newsreel-inspired images and astonishing performances from RentarĂ´ Mikuni and Sachiko Hidari give the film a terrific immediacy.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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