If only I lived in San Francisco.
According to ActiveAnime, VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE are set to continue their run of promoting and honoring legendary Japanese filmmakers, with a brand new series of screenings dedicated to the legendary auteur and personal favorite of mine, Yasujiro Ozu.
The series will include Tokyo Story, Early Spring, The Only Son (just announced for a Criterion release this Summer), and Record Of A Tenement Gentlemen. While I haven’t seen the latter, I can tell you that if you have not seen Story or Spring, this is a must see event. Hell, if you have, see them again. These are some of cinema’s most brilliant pieces of work, particularly Story, which I think may be one of the all time greatest films ever made.
The series is set to run from June 12th to the 17th, and will be followed by a series of four films from director Kenji Mizoguchi, from the 19th to the 24th. These are truly quintessential masterpieces, and while there are fantastic DVD releases for these films, there is no beating seeing them on the big screen.