Film at Lincoln Center presents Yoshimitsu Morita, a retrospective of the Japanese filmmaker’s career, running from December 2–11.
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Across a 30-plus-year career, Yoshimitsu Morita (1950–2011) amassed one of the most fascinatingly idiosyncratic and prolific bodies of work in modern Japanese cinema. From his irreverently comic 1981 Something Like It to his 1983 breakout black comedy, The Family Game (a New Directors/New Films 1984 selection), to forays into melodrama (And Then, 1985), the hard-boiled film (Deaths in Tokimeki, 1984), the pink film/roman porno (Top Stripper, 1982), horror (The Black House, 1999), and romantic drama (Haru, 1996), Morita’s work is marked by an incomparable sensitivity to the peaks and valleys of the inner landscape of Japanese society, a penchant for subtle injections of surreality to highlight the absurdity of certain aspects of Japanese life, an omnipresent sense of irony, and a boldly iconoclastic approach to visual composition. Morita’s films deal with many of the same subjects as those of his better-known predecessors and successors, but from a wholly singular point of view, yielding a richly heterogeneous and perpetually surprising oeuvre overdue for discovery. Join Film at Lincoln Center for a special retrospective of Morita’s films and get lost with us in his cinematic labyrinth of desire, chaos, and joy. This retrospective was organized by Dan Sullivan and Aiko Masubuchi.
Introduction from producer Kazuko Misawa on Dec. 3In Morita’s provocative and utterly absorbing midcareer feature (and first horror film), an insurance agent receives a phone call from a suicidal woman, setting in motion a chain of increasingly unnerving events.
Introduction from producer Kazuko Misawa on Dec. 2A visually arresting mood piece shrouded in mystery follows a young man as he prepares for a deadly hit job under orders from a shadowy organization. Awe-inducing camerawork abounds, and Morita’s powerful direction is heightened by Osamu Shiomura’s unforgettable 1980s synth score.
New 4K Remaster | Introduction from producer Kazuko Misawa on Dec. 2Visually inventive, bitingly sharp, audacious, and full of wit, The Family Game announced the arrival of Morita as a remarkable new voice in Japanese cinema whose influence still sends out ripples today. This 1984 New Directors/New Films selection finally returns in a new 4K remaster.
Introduction from producer Kazuko Misawa & composer Michiru Oshima on Dec. 4Adapted from a novel by Junichi Watanabe, Morita’s sixteenth feature is an expansive mood piece and a meditative tale of forbidden love, starring Hitomi Kuroki and Kōji Yakusho as passionate paramours in a society in which infidelity is eminently taboo.
Introduction from producer Kazuko Misawa on Dec. 4This star vehicle for pop idol Hiroko Yakushimaru is a coming-of-age romance between an apprentice magician and a former preschool teacher who has lost her way. Morita uses his sizable, industry-backed budget to present an irreverent road movie full of delightful tricks and confetti.
Tickets are $15; $12 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $10 for Film at Lincoln Center members.
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Passes are available to pick up at the box office. Your pass will grant access to one (1) for every film in the series, with exceptions listed on our website where applicable. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to a screening as late seating cannot be guaranteed. Passes do not give access to any free events or talks.