Japanese yakuza culture has been portrayed and discussed from popular films to games and comic books. Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice
--one of the rare books revealing real yakuza culture in Japan--helms the discussion for "Yakuza in Popular Media & Real Life". Topics will include differences between the image the yakuza want to project and how the major groups really function, and what the taboos are of depicting yakuza in Japan. Followed by book signing reception.
Film Screening after the Lecture:
Onibi: The Fire Within
at 8:15 pm
Coming from a man who started his career as a porn director, this is a surprisingly spare and emotionally savage film. Often regarded as Rokuro Mochizuki's masterpiece,Onibi
injects both sexual passion and subdued sentiment into the macho world of yakuza cinema. Within the confines of the genre, Mochizuki artfully builds a parable of implacable fate, probing the leading performer's inner life with a calm intensity that is almost unparalleled. Noriyuki Kunihiro (Yoshio Harada, in one of his most unforgettable roles) is a yakuza who has just spent half a lifetime in prison, doing time for a double murder. Although his former acolytes try to tempt him back into the fold, he prefers to put his aging but still strong body to more honest work. He finds love in the person of young pianist... and trouble soon follows.
Part of the Globus Film Series:
Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence
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