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Japan Society Film Showing: The Sword of Seduction

by Miguel Douglas

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As part of their Monthly Classics Double-Edged Sword series, New York’s Japan Society is showcasing the 1964 classic film Nemuri Kyoshiro At Bay: The Sword of Seduction AKA Sleepy Eyes of Death 4 on Saturday, April 24th, at 7:00 pm. In you live in the area, please be sure to check out the film and support Japan Society for their dedication towards showcasing Japanese content.

For info on screenings and for tickets, see this link.

1964, 87 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, Directed by Kazuo Ikehiro. With Raizo Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya, Shinjirô Asano, Saburo Date, and Tomisaburo Wakayama. Print courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures.

Half-breed warrior Nemuri (“Sleepy-Eyed”) Kyoshiro, the other most popular swordsman of all time (alongside Zatoichi), and the self-proclaimed “Son of the Black Mass,” was the archetypal anti-hero: dark, romantic and desperate! Widely considered to be the strongest entry in the wonderfully perverse and violent samurai Nemuri saga, The Sword of Seduction finds the shadowy outcast mixed up in a labyrinthine intrigue involving persecuted Christians, opium smuggling, a drug-addled princess, and a search for a holy Madonna!

About New York’s Japan Society:

Established in 1907, New York’s Japan Society has evolved into North America’s single major producer of high-quality content on Japan for an English-speaking audience. Presenting over 100 events annually through well established Corporate, Education, Film, Gallery, Lectures, Performing Arts and Innovators Network programs, the Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia.

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Author: Miguel Douglas

As an avid viewer of both Japanese animation and cinema for more than a decade now, Miguel is primarily concerned with establishing a critical look into both mediums as legitimate forms of artistic, cultural, and societal understanding. Never one to simply look at a film or series based solely on superficiality, Miguel has dedicated himself towards bringing awareness to Asian entertainment and its various facets.

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