International House Philadelphia will present the Smithsonian’s touring retrospective of films by legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki, April 1-16, 2016 at its Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Co-organized with the Japan Foundation, the retrospective includes screenings of nine groundbreaking films by Suzuki, who has amassed a stunning, boundlessly creative body of work in a career spanning nearly five decades. The series at International House will feature Suzuki films from the 1950s and 1960s.
Tom Vick, Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, will visit International House on Saturday, April 2 to sign copies of his new book, Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki at the 5pm screening of The Sleeping Beast Within. He will then introduce the 8pm screening of Youth of the Beast, one of Suzuki’s breakthrough films.
“To experience a film by Japanese B-movie visionary Seijun Suzuki is to experience Japanese cinema in all its frenzied, voluptuous excess,” New York Times Film Critic Manohla Dargis has said of Suzuki, whose films range from classic “B movie” potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries.
The complete Suzuki schedule can be found at ihousephilly.org/suzuki.