Essay

Giant Steps

By Howard Hampton

On Giants and Toys, Masumura’s gaudy satire of a profit-mad, postwar Japan.

Red Angel

Essay

The Intellectual and Sociopolitical Exploitations of Yasuzô Masumura

By Jonathan Rosenbaum

A look at the films of iconoclastic Japanese director Yasuzô Masumura.

Past Screening

Irezumi

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

One of Yasuzô Masumura’s first forays into the studies of erotic malaise that marked his late ’60s output.

Last available Dec 20 2021

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Blind Beast

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

Yasuzô Masumura gives us a perverse portrait of the artist as fetishist freak.

Last available Dec 21 2021

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Black Test Car

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

Masumura's first of a series of “Black” films for Daiei studios places us in the middle of a scorched earth corporate war.

Last available Dec 22 2021

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THE BLACK REPORT

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

The Black Report traces an investigation into the murder of the president of Fujiyama Foods, and subsequent trial, revealing a viper’s nest of underhanded allegiances.

Last available Dec 19 2021

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GIANTS AND TOYS

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

Maverick filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura’s stinging, glaringly gaudy satire of a ’50s Japan dominated by a ruthless new corporate culture.

Last available Dec 16 2021