Brisbane’s GOMA To Present ‘Cult Japan’ Film Program From July 3 To Sept. 2, 2015

By Subhro Prakash Ghosh | 2 years ago
Brisbane’s GOMA To Present ‘Cult Japan’ Film Program From July 3 To Sept. 2, 2015
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Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is going to present a film program titled “Cult Japan” that will run for eight weeks. The Japanese film program will feature more than 50 films of varied genres like horror, comedy, anime, classics and action. The program will also include the display of the work of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most famous animators and directors in Japan.

According to Blouin Artinfo, “Cult Japan” will start on July 3 and continue till Sept. 2, 2015. The objective of this film program is to entertain the audience with Japan’s unique variation on horror and action movies, surreal and kitsch depictions of love and revenge, including technology, which have magnetized the entire world’s attention for years and endowed Japanese genre cinema with an international success.

“Fans of Japanese animation will be very familiar with Miyazaki’s beautiful handcrafted fables about the environment and social justice, and this film program offers a chance to reconnect with these stories and to introduce the filmmaker’s work to new audiences,” said José Da Silva, Head of the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA

Two previous films of Miyazaki – “The Castle of Cagliostro” (1979) and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (1984) – will be featured in the opening weekend of ‘Cult Japan.” The audience will entertain numerous worldwide popular films that are sequenced on four thematic stands.

The first stand titled “Strange Creatures and Dark Cities” assembles science fictions, anime favorites and monster movies, including a list of films that predict future of machines and social disaster. The second stand titled “Cursed People and Places” brings together world famous ghost stories and the depiction of strange and malevolent forces.

The third stand titled “Tough Guys and Dangerous Women” features stories of honor and revenge based on the tradition of Japanese “Yakuza” or “Gokudo,” who are the members of transnational organized crime syndicates in Japan. The fourth stand titled “The Body Electric” explores the body, technology and physical transformation.

“Cult Japan” will restore the previous centuries movies like “Godzilla” (1954), “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” (1989), and the exceptional archival 35mm prints from The National Film Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

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Having over 9 years of experience in retail magazines and portals, Ghosh has served lot of overseas clients in the last couple of years. Presently, he is a regular contributor for MNG. He had spent a self-imposed exile at the bank of river Narmada between 2012 and 2014 where he had mainly lived in the dense forests, ancient caves or with seriously devoted monks involved in penance and spiritual introspection. He is personally inspired by the great eastern and western mystics like Osho Rajneesh, Helena Blavatsky, George Gurdjieff, P D Ouspensky, Buddha, Lao Tsu, Confucius, Bodhidharma, J Krishnamurthy, Japanese Zen masters just to name a few.