The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is "Maborosi," which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).
"Maborosi," Kore-eda Hirokazu's first feature, has gained a reputation as one of the greatest films of the 1990s. Employing an austere yet beautiful visual style, Kore-eda tells the story of a young woman navigating a new life in a new town while trying to come to terms with unresolved issues from the past that threaten to undo her present happiness.
Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. "Maborosi" will be preceded by an illustrated slide presentation about Kore-eda by film scholar Linda Ehrlich. Ehrlich has introduced films at the Guggenheim Museum, various universities in North America and Europe, and at the Japan Society in New York City. Her commentary appears on two internationally distributed DVDs and she has written three books and over fifty articles about world cinema.
Ehrich's presentation is made possible through generous support from Western Libraries, East Asian Studies, the Institute for Global Engagement, the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, History, Art and Art History, and also the Pickford Film Center.
The remaining films for this year’s series includes Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals, and also another feature by Taiwanese director Edward Yang, Yi Yi.
For more information about this series, please contact Jeff.Purdue@wwu.edu.