Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Controversial Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike in 2004 with KPBS film critic Beth Accomando.
To an Asian Extreme film fan such as myself, Takashi Miike is a genius. He's not a household name in the U.S. but in Japan he's known for his amazing productivity and his penchant for pushing the medium and audiences to their breaking point. But with films such as Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer and Audition , he's building a devoted cult following around the world. CSUSM will be testing Miike's popularity here in San Diego on May 8 with a campus screening of Visitor Q , his disturbing portrait of a dysfunctional family brought back together by a mysterious stranger, and The Great Yokai War, his fantasy film inspired by Japanese folktales. The event has been curated by Chuck Bailey, Literature and Writing Graduate Studies Teaching Associate and Master's degree candidate at CSUSM. I will be introducing the films, preparing people for what they are about to see and hopefully placing the films in a context that will keep people from running for the exits -- an impulse some will definitely feel. There will be a panel discussion following each film and featuring Maya Mealins of Kangaidai University, Osaka, Japan; Dr. Pamela Redela, Ph.D.- Women's Studies, CSUSM; Brandon Cesmat, MFA, CSUSM; and hosted and moderated by Bailey. The presentation begins at 3:30 pm in Academic Hall-102 (with additional screenings in Markstein Hall-125). The event is being sponsored by CSUSM Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), the San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF), and the CSUSM Communication Department. Join me for Visitor Q, if you dare.
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