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JAPANEMA

JFLA provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday. 
7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium
 (5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 
Free to attend. Reservation is not required.

Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking

  


Yakuza August!!

8/24/2015 @ 7PM

"Youth of the Beast" (92MIN, 1963)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

 

When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo’s underworld explodes with violence. Youth of the Beast (Yaju no Seishun) was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing the flamboyant colors, hallucinatory images, and striking compositions that would become his trademark. This film revitalized the yakuza genre and helped define the inimitable style of a legendary cinematic renegade.

*In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.criterion.com/films/946-youth-of-the-beast


*This film may include hard language, violence, nudity, drug abuse or other elements, or a combination of some of the above, so that parents are counseled in advance to take this advisory very seriously.

  

   

  

  

8/26/2015 @ 7PM

"Why Don’t You Play in Hell?" (130MIN, 2014)

Directed by Sion Sono

 
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Based on a screenplay master filmmaker Sion Sono wrote nearly fifteen years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among his very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

There's a war going on, but that won't stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fxxx Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The Fxxx Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death...on 35mm!

Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, this film is a Tarantinoesque ode to the yakuza films of yore, and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

*In Japanese with English subtitles

  

Official US Release Trailer

 

*This film may include hard language, violence, nudity, drug abuse or other elements, or a combination of some of the above, so that parents are counseled in advance to take this advisory very seriously.