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Ishiro Honda, 1954

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, July 21, 2011 7 PM

A pop culture icon, a metaphor for nuclear weapons, and one of the biggest film franchises in history, Godzilla was unleashed on Japanese audiences, and eventually the world, for the first time in this sci-fi monster classic.

Tonight we present the original, full-length Japanese version with all of the dark humor and antinuclear messages missing from the American version. (95 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.

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