We are excited to announce BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY, a yakuza-eiga inspired art show, curated by Sloane Leong.
This exhibition will be based loosely around yakuza/crime noir films by directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Takeshi Miike, Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki, Yukio Mishima, Sogo Ishii and Shinya Tsukamoto. As a genre, yakuza films are divided into two subsets: ninkyo-eiga or “chivarly films” featuring honorable outlaws caught between duty and compassion. Then there is jisturoku-eiga, the modern yakuza films which feature the stifling brutality of a life of crime. The artists and writers in this show will explore and pay homage to this powerful and unique genre.
Writers featured in the show are Melissa Dominic, David Brothers and Stanley Lieber.
Artists featured in the show include: Andrew Maclean, Logan Faerber, Robert Wilson IV, Rebecca Mock, Roxie Vizcarra, D-Pi, Ian MacEwan, Morgan Jeske, Hunter Heckroth, Emma Rios, Vlad Jean, Aluisio C. Santos, Frank Teran, Jeremy Sorese, Ryan Andrews, Hwei Lim, Kris Mukai and many more!! We will have 11×17 digital prints of their artwork on display and for sale.
In addition, Jason has arranged for the Hollywood Theater to show a screening of Branded To Kill one night only right after the opening night of the art show at 9:30! So plan accordingly because it’s going to be an awesome night!
(art by Logan Faerber)
WHO: Artwork and zines by Ralph Niese, Maritsa Patrinos, Joanna Kroatka, Alexis Ziritt, Andrew Maclean, Logan Faerber, Andrew Maclean, Robert Wilson IV, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Rebecca Mock, Roxie Vizcarra, D-Pi, Ian MacEwan, Zack Soto, Morgan Jeske, Hunter Heckroth, Emma Rios, Vlad Jean, Aluisio Santos, Frank Teran, Jeremy Sorese, Ryan Andrews, Hwei Lim, Amei Zhao, Kris Mukai, David Brothers, Stanley Lieber and M. Dominic
WHAT: Yakuza film inspired art exhibit
WHEN: Saturday, September 15th, 6-8pm; artwork on display until Sept. 30
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
(art by Ian MacEwan)
WHAT: Screening of Seijun Suzuki’s masterpiece, Branded To Kill
WHEN: Saturday, September 15th, 9:30pm
WHERE: Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
September 15 at 9:30pm $7
When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. Branded to Kill tells the ecstatically bent story of a yakuza assassin with a fetish for sniffing steamed rice (the chipmunk-cheeked superstar Joe Shishido) who botches a job and ends up a target himself. This is Suzuki at his most extreme—the flabbergasting pinnacle of his sixties pop-art aesthetic.
Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director’s exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several studios. In 1958, he directed his first film, Minato no kanpai: Shôri o waga te ni (1956), and from then on he directed three to four films each year. With Branded to Kill (1967), he came into conflict with Hori Kyusaku, who was the president of Nikkatsu Studios at the time. Because of this, he was forced to work in television the next ten years. In 1977, Hishu monogatari (1977), his return to theatrically-released films, was released. Suzuki continues his prolific output to this day.