Third Thursday Lecture:Clashing with Clint Eastwood: Ishihara Shintaro’s kamikaze film ore


The writer and politician Ishihara Shintaro, now 80 years old, has witnessed and commented the entire history of post war Japan. As a brother, he protected the career of his younger sibling Ishihara Yujiro, the “James Dean of Japan”. As a politician, he got elected, whenever his opponents already expected him to leave. As a writer, he survived his colleague Mishima Yukio, who committed ritual suicide in 1970, and described the loss of old Japan in his texts and films. Death and the sea are his core motives. In his kamikaze film ore (2006), he openly competed with Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) – and lost the battle at the box offices. In December 2012, he was re-elected into the Japanese Parliament. This talk will cover the key aspects of his life and his highly ambivalent oeuvre and legacy.

Date: 15 August 2013, 18:00
Venue: Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH
Tel: 01603 624349
Fax: 01603 625011
Organiser: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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