16 February 2012

The Japan Society presents Love Will Tear Us Apart

Bad romance, blind love, amour fou! This spring, the Japan Society of New York will screen a series of twisted, obsessive, heart-blazing love stories from Japan and Korea. Love Will Tear Us Apart, the 6th annual Globus Film Series, will run from March 2 to 18 and include 22 feature films and 2 shorts.  It is a mixture of cutting edge modern fare and avant-garde classics.  The programme includes such internationally acclaimed directors as Hirokazu Koreeda, Kōji Wakamatsu, Nagisa Oshima, Kim Ki-duk and Lee Chang-dong

New Yorkers will have the opportunity of enjoying the US premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto’s Kotoko and the world premiere of  Kōji Wakamatsus Petrel Hotel Blue.  Special guests will include actress and model Hyunri (Romance, Freeter ie wo Kau), film scholar John Berra (Nanjing University), and film historian and curator Go Hirasawa.  I saw Romance, the short by Toshiro Sonoda starring Hyunri at the Nippon Connection sponsored screenings at Japan Week in November and it's a wild ride.  John Berra is the editor of the forthcoming publication Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, which features an essay that I wrote on the great puppet master Kihachirō  Kawamoto.


Friday, March 2

7:30 PM   Kotoko (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2011)
preceded by short film Romance (Toshiro Sonoda, 2010)
+ MAKE LOVE party with Hyunri

Saturday, March 3

2 PM   Air Doll (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2009) 
4:30 PM   My Dear Enemy (Lee yoon-ki, 2008) 
7 PM  Vital (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2004)
9 PM   A Snake of June (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2003) 

Sunday, March 4

5:30 PM  Vibrator (Ryūichi Hiroki, 2004) 
7:30 PM   M (Ryūichi Hiroki, 2006) 

Wednesday, March 7

7 PM  Petrel Hotel Blue(Kōji Wakamatsu, 2012) 
9 PM  Running in Madness, Dying in Love(Kōji Wakamatsu, 1969)

Thursday, March 8

7 PM  Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-soo 
9 PM  The Woman Who Wanted to Die (Kōji Wakamatsu, 1970)

Friday, March 9

7:30 PM  Villain (Lee Sang-il , 2010)
Saturday, March 10

3 PM  Time (Kim Ki-duk, 2006)
5:15  PM  Bad Guy( Kim Ki-duk, 2001) 
7:30  PM  Dream (Kim Ki-duk , 2008)
9:30 PM  Happy End (Jung Ji-woo, 1999)

Friday, March 16

7:30 PM  Snakes and Earrings (Yukio Ninagawa , 2008)
10 PM In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima, 1976)

Saturday, March 17

3 PM  Chaos (Hideo Nakata, 2000)
5:30 PM  Vegetarian  (Lim Woo-seong, 2009) 

Sunday, March 18

4:30 PM  Minazuki (Rokuro Mochizuki , 1999)
7 PM  Oasis (Lee Chang-dong, 2002)

More information on the festival as well as past series and events is available at:

The Japan Society Blog will also be covering the series during its 16-day run.