WORLDS OF MISFORTUNE: THREE BY HIROSHI TESHIGAHARA
MARCH AT THE TRYLON
Trained in ikebana (flower arranging), painting, calligraphy, and pottery, Teshigahara crafted Kafkaesque film portraits of cursed souls in his signature atmospheric style. Beautiful and haunting, they beg to be seen in a cinema.
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(1966, 35mm, 124m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Tatsuya Nakadai, Mikijirô Hira, Kyôko Kishida. This existential science-fiction triumph sees Okuyama (Nakadai) horribly disfigured in a laboratory explosion. His life upended, he learns of a procedure that will replace his face with that of a stranger—leading him to question his identity and fall prey to his darkest inclinations. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30
(1962, 35mm, 97m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano. Teshigahara’s debut feature is a wandering portrait of a miner (Igawa) and his young son, who happen upon a deserted town. There he is followed by a mysterious man wearing a white suit and white gloves. The surreal Pitfall questions whether truth matters, in this life or the next. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00
(1964, 35mm, 123m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô. Amateur entomologist Niki Jumpei (Okada) walks among sand dunes, studying an unclassified species of beetle. Missing his bus back to Tokyo, he spends the night in a widow’s home amid the dunes. When he awakens, he finds himself trapped. Teshigahara’s masterpiece, this film won him international acclaim. SUN 8:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30