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Date & Time
November 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Suzuki Seijun Film Series:


Kagero-za (Heat-Haze Theater)
(SUZUKI Seijun, 1981, 139 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English subtitles, 35mm)


—Introduced by William Carroll, author of Suzuki Seijun and Postwar Japanese Cinema


In this hallucinatory adaptation of work by the Taisho-era writer Kyoka Izumi, a mysterious woman named Shinako invites Matsuzaki, a playwright, to the city of Kanazawa for a romantic rendezvous. While Matsuzaki is on his way, his patron Tamawaki appears on the train, claiming to be en route to witness a love suicide between a married woman and her lover. Matsuzaki suspects that Shinako is Tamawaki’s wife, and the trip to Kanazawa may spell his doom. Reality, fantasy, life, and the afterlife blend together in Kagero-za – most spectacularly during the grand finale, in which Matsuzaki finds his life morphing into a deranged theatrical extravaganza. Rare 35mm print.


Kagero-za is a mind-bender from its opening images” – Slant


Sponsored by Duke Cinematic Arts and the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. Made possible by support from The Japan Foundation New York.


Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)

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