APR 5, 2015 SUN 19:00–20:00
[Cinema Program] Alexander Zahlten “Mirrorball on Asia”
- Talk Event
[Cinema Program] Talk 1: Han Yanli & Alexander Zahlten
Han Yanli, Alexander Zahlten
Parasophia will be presenting a series of film screenings at the Film Theatre of the Museum of Kyoto as the Cinema Program portion of Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015. One series of screenings is curated by participating artist and film scholar Alexander Zahlten, featuring Japanese films from the 1960s to the present with the theme of “East Asia in Japanese cinema,” and another series is selected by participating artist Emiko Kasahara in connection with the historical background on which her work for the exhibition is based, with films from Manchukuo among others. Further screenings of works by Parasophia’s participating artists and other related films are also scheduled, bringing the total to approximately 20 films in all.
[Cinema Program] Alexander Zahlten “Mirrorball on Asia” features eleven entertainment, documentary, and experimental Japanese films from the 1960s to the present with a special focus on “East Asia in Japanese cinema.”
For the first talk to be held in connection with this program, we invite Han Yanli (Associate Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University) to take part in a talk with Zahlten related to the preceding screenings of the Japanese and Hong Kong versions of Asiapol Secret Service, featuring two different actors in the leading role.
Han Yanli (韓燕麗)
Born in Wuhan, China. Doctorate from the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language, Communication, and Culture, Kwansei Gakuin University.
b. 1973 in Madison, WI, USA; based in Boston and Kyoto. Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 participating artist. Read more: Alexander Zahlten
Asiapol Secret Service / Ajia Himitsu Keisatsu (アジア秘密警察) (Japan edition)
Directed by Akinori Matsuo, 1966, 97 min., 35 mm
Asiapol Secret Service (Hong Kong edition)
Directed by Akinori Matsuo, 1967, 97 min., 35 mm (DVD screening)
A classic secret agent adventure involving chases across East Asia: An agent for the Asiapol Secret Service battles with an international smuggling ring (headed by Jo Shishido), but discovers secrets that have to do with his own past. Colorful and full of secret weapons like the James Bond films it models itself on, Asiapol was a co-production between Nikkatsu and Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers. However the film exists in two versions, shot with different leading men: Hong Kong superstar Jimmy Wang Yu in one version, and Nikkatsu actor Hideaki Nitani in the other. The international family drama that unfolds at the end of the film is an attempt to resolve postwar relations in Asia through family melodrama that stretches back to the colonial period. A comparison of the two versions is fascinating, and Matsuo’s inventive visual style make the films into a pan-Asian roller-coaster ride. (Zahlten)
Photo: Asiapol Secret Service / Ajia Himitsu Keisatsu (アジア秘密警察) (Japan edition)
- [Cinema Program] Talk 1: Han Yanli & Alexander Zahlten
Sunday, April 5, 2015 7:00–8:00 PM
* Related screenings on the same day:
April 5 (Sun.) 3:00 PM - A-1. Asiapol Secret Service [Japan release version] (Directed by Akinori Matsuo, 1966, 97 min., 35 mm)
April 5 (Sun.) 5:10 PM - A-2. Asiapol Secret Service [Hong Kong release version] (Directed by Akinori Matsuo, 1967, 97 min., 35 mm [DVD screening])
- Film Theatre, The Museum of Kyoto
- Han Yanli (Associate Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University), Alexander Zahlten
Free for Parasophia ticket-holders.
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- Not required
- Seats available
- 174 seats