fraenkel film festival

This Transient Life

Selected by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Akio Jissôji created a rich and diverse body of work during his five decades in Japan’s film and television industries. For some, he is best-known for his science-fiction: the 1960s TV series Ultraman and 1988’s box-office success Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis. For others, it is his 1990s adaptations of horror and mystery novelist Edogawa Rampo, such as Watcher in the Attic and Murder on D Street. And then there are his New Wave films for the Art Theatre Guild. Winner of the Golden Leopard award at the 1970 Locarno Film Festival, This Transient Life is among the Art Theatre Guild’s most successful – and most controversial – productions. The film concerns a brother and sister from a rich family who defy the expectations placed on them: he has little interest in further education or his father’s business, instead obsessing over Buddhist statues; she continually refuses a string of suitors and the prospect of marriage. Their closeness, and isolation, gives way to an incestuous relationship which, in turn, breeds disaster.

Part of the Fraenkel Film Festival

Runtime
2h 3m
Year
1970
Director
Akio Jissoji
Format
DCP
Country
Japan
Language
Japanese with English Subtitles
First Showing
July 17, 2024

Showtimes

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 9:15 PM
Location Big Roxie

Note films start right at the listed showtime.
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