Thursday, 25 February 2010

Japan Society: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties
March 31st - April 18th

At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone.

This series explores the idea of unconventional beauty that these spellbinding actresses created through an unparalleled body of films. Both Wakao and Okada were muses and inspiration for two major film directors, Yasuzo Masumura and Kiju (Yoshishige) Yoshida, respectively, while Kaji navigated between filmmakers, a wild card of Japanese cinema at the time. Put together, their films delineate what one could call an aesthetic of “convulsive beauty”(AndrĂ© Breton).

Click the following link to find out what films are screening and when with this new and exciting series being shown by the Japan Society.

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