Special Series

Mud Spattered Purity


Directed by: Kō Nakahira 
1963 / 90 minutes / Unclassified 15+

An urban battlefield: Young love caught in the crosshairs of underground Tokyo

A lowly member of the Tsukada Gang, Jirō’s failed drug run is the first event to seriously test his devotion to his yakuza family. With nothing to sacrifice but his autonomy, he seems ready and willing – until a chance meeting with Mami throws things out of order. Though she is the daughter of a wealthy diplomat the two strike up an unlikely friendship that quickly spirals towards dreams of an unattainable life together.  

Taking place during the yakuza boom that followed WWII and the American occupation of Japan, Mud Spattered Purity paints a dynamic portrait of a generation of lost children. Set against a strikingly chaotic underground Tokyo, Nakahira mirrors a national dichotomy of the times: The violent underbelly rippling beneath Japan’s progress in establishing itself amongst a globalising world.

Audience warning: contains strong violence and sexual violence, mature themes, coarse language, mild verbal and visual reference to drugs

Saturday 7th October

Walk-ins only. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the screening.

QAGOMA, Brisbane

Monday 23rd October

The Chauvel Cinema, Sydney

Saturday 4th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Kō Nakahira 

Cast: Mitsuo Hamada, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Asao Koike and Masako Izumi

Genre: Special Series

Category: Free

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles

Format: 35mm colour