Row House Cinema Presents Intro To Japanese Cinema


Since motion pictures first became an art form, Japan has produced some of the world’s most brilliant writers and directors, whose contributions have captivated audiences and influenced generations of filmmakers. From August 29th through September 4th, Row House Cinema will spotlight some of the best country’s best films, all representing a variety of genres and eras, for its Intro to Japanese Cinema series. See film descriptions and schedule below:

Rashomon (1950)


Four people – a bandit, a woodcutter, a samurai, and the samuria’s wife – give different accounts of a rape and murder in this brilliant period piece from Akira Kurosawa


Aug. 29th – 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 30th – 10:10 p.m.

Sept. 2nd – 7 p.m.

Sept. 3rd – 5:25 p.m.

Sept. 4th – 5:20 p.m.

Tokyo Story (1953)


Filmmaker Yasujirô Ozu‘s quietly evocative portrait of a Japanese family and the strained relationship between the aging parents and their adult children.


Aug. 29th – 2:35 p.m.

Aug. 30th – 2:35 p.m.

Sept. 1st – 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 2nd – 4:15 p.m.

Sept. 3rd – 9:35 p.m.

Princess Mononoke (1997)


Master animator  and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki revisits one of his pet subjects – environmentalism – in this gorgeously rendered tale of a cursed prince who becomes embroiled in a battle between the gods and man.


Aug 29th – 12 p.m. and midnight

Aug. 30th – 7:30 p.m. and midnight

Sept. 1st – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 2nd – 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 4th – 12 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

Brother (2000)


A Yakuza gangster takes on the Los Angeles Mafia in director Takeshi Kitano‘s brutally violent shoot-em-up.


Aug. 29th – 9:40 p.m.

Aug. 30th – 5:15 p.m.

Sept. 3rd – 7:20 p.m.

Sept. 4th – 9:50 p.m.

Nobody Knows (2004)


Based on a true story, Hirokazu Koreeda‘s heartbreaking drama follows four children who continue to live secretly in their small Tokyo apartment after their mother abandons them.


Aug. 29th – 5:10 p.m.

Aug. 30th – 12 p.m.

Sept. 1st – 9:55 p.m.

Sept. 4th – 2:40 p.m.


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