A vivid re-debut, the world's Mizoguchi and the beginning of film.

HISTORICA SPECIAL

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A program to mark the 120th year of Japanese cinema i.e. Kyoto cinema. We present this valuable program, to indulge in the beauty of film revived with digital 4K technology, at Kyoto Mizoguchi's revolutionary formulation of a Chikamatsu story, and at the fact that future cinematic expressions already existed in the French Lumière brothers' films 120 years ago.

Japan Premiere
Opening Screening
English
『A Story From Chikamatsu』
30th Tokyo International Film Festival Japanese Cinema Classics @KHIFF

Japan / 1954 / 102min
Director:Kenji Mizoguchi 

Revival of director Kenji Mizoguchi and artisans of Kyoto! Japan premier of 4K restored “A Story From Chikamatsu” in Kyoto.

The great scroll master of Shijo Karasuma creates scrolls for the imperial court, and had the same social status as a palace official. He wo …

Kansai Premiere
『LUMIERE!』

France / 2017 / 90min
Director:Thierry Frémaux 

Welcome back Lumière! A project in commemoration of 120 years of Kyoto Cinema. Cannes International Film Festival General Director restores Lumière films in 4K.

The latest of those set in history, selected from the world!

HISTORICA WORLD

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Films with narrative energy that overcome borders and cultures have been selected from the world's latest period films. Stories of people and cultures, messages unable to tell in the present left to history's hands, and modernised traditional stories. All are the finest of historical entertainment.

Japan Premiere
English
『The Ballad of Lefty Brown』

USA / 2017 / 111min
Director:Jared Moshé 

63-year-old cowboy left in solitude as his partner is killed. A Western film on maturing, appraised by SXSW.

Lefty Brown is a 63 year old sidekick. Loyal, crotchetyand rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Westernlegend Eddie Johnson for his enti …

Japan Premiere
English
『Lady Macbeth』

UK / 2016 / 89min
Director:William Oldroyd 

The terrifying debut film by British theatre director. A young wife who is driven to change her destiny.

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her lovelessmarriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold,unforgiving family. When she e …

Japan Premiere
English
『Kincsem – Bet on Revenge』

Hungary / 2016 / 120min
Director:Gábor Herendi 

Kincsem, the most successful Thoroughbred in horse racing history. A white-knuckle spectacle of love and revenge.

Which is sweeter? Love or revenge? This doubledilemma defines the life of Erno Blaskovich. The youngErno is an involuntary witness when his …

Kansai Premiere
English
『The Village of No Return』

Taiwan, China / 2017 / 116min
Director:CHEN Yu-Hsun 

Forget the past and live happily ever after!? A dark-fantasy by proficient comedy director.

Once upon a time, in a remote and isolated DesireVillage in China, the villagers were caught up in theeveryday conflicts and complicated rel …

Kansai Premiere
English
『ENEMIES』

Bulgaria / 2017 / 101min
Director:Svetoslav Ovtcharov 

It is the spring of 1913. The Balkan Wars are underway. ATurkish battleship is terrorizing the Bulgarian army withits long-range weapons. In …

Discover Tai Kato. Re-explore the man of insight, Tai Kato, who leaves wrath and affection in the history of cinema!

HISTORICA FOCUS

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A prominent style and editing filled with joy like that of the primal films. We present the qualities specific to Tai Kato that should be re-explored by the world, along with our guest with rich insight. All the masterpieces that portray love amidst feudalism and chivalry, with english subtitles.

English
『In Search of Mother』

Japan / 1962 / 83min
Director:Tai Kato

The much awaited adaptation of Shin Hasegawa. Kato’s high spirits can be felt through the satisfying all on-set shots.

20 years of travel in search of his mother, separated from him when he was 5. Seeking for his mother, with his sword covered in blood, the …

English
『Sasuke And His Comedians』

Japan / 1963 / 100min
Director:Tai Kato

A musical comedy set during the Siege of Osaka. Tai Kato’s extraordinary film full of challenges.

Sasuke grows to awaken to a strange power after being hit by the radiation from a meteorite. An intense period film as Sasuke becomes Yuki …

English
『Rickshaw Man』

Japan / 1964 / 100min
Director:Tai Kato

Laugh all you want at the rickshaw man! A romantic comedy of Tatsu the rickshaw man and geisha Kimiyakko.

The Edo-born yakuza rickshaw man, Tatsugoro arrives in Osaka. His reputation as Tatsu the rickshaw man has grown, but the boss of the Nish …

English
『Blood of Revenge』

Japan / 1965 / 90min
Director:Tai Kato

The model yakuza film. Be intoxicated before Junko Fuji and Koji Tsuruta’s juicy love scene.

Enomoto, the second generation boss of Kiyatatsu, is attacked by a thug. This was set up by rival Hoshino to ruin Kiyatatsu. Though harass …

English
『Tokijiro of KutsukakeLoan Yakuza』

Japan / 1966 / 90min
Director:Tai Kato

Tokijiro’s reluctant journey with the wife and child of a man he killed. A road movie of wrath and delight.

Tokijiro takes the wife Okinu and child of a man he killed, back to the hometown Kutsukake, in return for their hospitality. Knowing the f …

English
『The Valiant Red PeonyFlower Cards Match』

Japan / 1969 / 98min
Director:Tai Kato

Third of the series, starring Ken Takakura as guest. A sophisticated integration of the entertaining and artistic.

Oryu stays at the Nishinomaru family, who were preparing for a fundraising gamble. Kanahara Tetsunosuke colludes with politician Furuta to …

English
『The Valiant Red PeonyGamble Oryu’s Return』

Japan / 1970 / 100min
Director:Tai Kato

The ultimate, fixed low-angle long-take. Prepare for a breathtaking 7 minutes, a miracle in the history of cinema.

A few years ago, Oryu made Okimi, the blind daughter of Otoki who was disguised as Oryu and was later killed, have an operation but then s …

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

We will welcome a veteran director of the Shanghai film scene, and leading figure of Italian contemporary literature, the author of a novel adapted into a great film. Enjoy the opulent program to experience the present of historical films.

『SILK』

Japan, Canada, Italy / 2007 / 109min  
Director:François Girard

19th century France. Young millitary officer Hervé falls in love with Hélène and marries her. Their carefree life does not last long, as H …

『Lord of Shanghai』

China / 2016 / 111min  
Director:Sherwood Hu

Lord of Shanghai, forever. Sin city Shanghai burns up in flames of hatred.

Cassia, a maid of a brothel is treated as a hindrance by the Mistress for her “unbound feet and large breasts”. One day, the boss of a tri …

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab Screening

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab is the human resources cultivation program of our film festival that has taken place for 10 years running. Selected young film makers from all over the world experience period film making in Toei and Shochiku’s studios. The graduates of this program will return to Kyoto, like salmon who return to the river from sea, to show their feature film.

English
『Jailbait』

Vietnam / 2016 / 97min  
Director:Le Thanh Son(Kyoto Filmmakers Lab2010 participant )

A fast tempo Vietnamese romantic comedy on the relationships of a city school girl.

Hoàng is a really cool playboy. He’s got not only a cool “playboy” appearance but only big house, nice car and dream job. Due to his too p …

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