Special Series



Directed by: Seijun Suzuki
1981 / 139 minutes / Strictly 18+

Based on a gothic short story by Kyoka Izumi

Screened as part of JFF Classics 2018.

Set in the Taisho Era (1912-1926), playwright Matsuzaki encounters a mysterious woman named Shinako. He is taken in by her beauty but their romantic rendezvous comes with a dark foreboding when Matsuzaki realises that Shinako is the spitting image of his patron’s deceased wife.

Directed by Seijun Suzuki (focus of the 2017 JFF Classics), the visually stunning Kagero-za takes audiences on a sensual and surreal exploration of the human psyche. Based on a gothic short story by Kyoka Izumi, Suzuki brings complicated characters to life with avant-garde pop visuals that capture the essence of the hedonistic Taisho period.

This film will not screen in Melbourne.

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.
Audience warning: Contains moderate themes and sexual content.

Saturday 29th September

National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Sunday 21st October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Screens in: Canberra and Sydney

Director: Seijun Suzuki

Original story: Kyoka Izumi

Screenplay: Yozo Tanaka

Executive Producer: Genjiro Arato

Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka

Editor: Akira Suzuki

Cast: Yusaku Matsuda , Michiyo Okusu, Eriko Kusuta and Katsuo Nakamura

Genre: Special Series

Format: 35mm colour