Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

Courtesy Japan Society School in the Crosshairs

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2017-03-31 19:00:00
7:00 p.m. March 31
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$9–$16

Location Info:

Japan Society
333 E. 47th St.
New York, NY  10017
212-832-1155
This exciting, highly accessible collection of pulpy, special-effects-driven science-fiction creature features and disaster movies is a must for anyone who left Kong: Skull Island with a newly revived appetite for weird science and Godzilla-style kaiju. As the title of the series implies, a handful of these rare gems are tied to Godzilla myth, like The H-Man (1958), a noir-ish variant on The Blob, which was helmed by Ishiro Honda, director of the original 1954 Gojira. Other highlights are a little harder to pin down, like House director Nobuhiko Obayashi's proto–Red Dawn alien-invasion flick School in the Crosshairs (1981) and Sword of Doom director Kihachi Okamoto's melancholic alien-abduction drama Blue Christmas (1978). And be sure to check out guest programmer and film historian Mark Schilling's hour-long lecture on Saturday, March 25 (free with the purchase of any "Beyond Godzilla" ticket), during which he will discuss the selected movies and the context — both historical and industrial — behind their creation.

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