Experiments in Japanese Cinema
Female Student Guerrilla
Dir. Masao Adachi, 1969, Japan, film transferred to video, 72 min., Japanese w/ English subtitles
Featuring a new digital transfer of Masao Adachi’s Female Student Guerrilla. Curator and scholar Go Hirasawa will introduce the program.
The new direction of the post-1968 student protest movement is depicted in this film about five high school students who take up military weapons to embark on a guerrilla-style revolution in the mountains for their fight against their school’s graduation ceremony. Intricately fusing the subjects of sex and politics, Female Student Guerrilla is Adachi’s masterpiece.
In order to limit production costs, the film was shot sharing the staff, the cast, and the location of another film, Violated Virgin (1969) directed by Koji Wakamatsu and written by Atsushi Yamatoya.
Presented by Collaborative Cataloging Japan and organized in collaboration with its partner researcher, Go Hirasawa (Meiji Gakuin University), this screening event underscores recent preservation and digitization efforts by international institutions and individuals.
Film programs at International House are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Wyncote Foundation.