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This edition: Himatsuri (aka: "Fire Festival")

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Episode Details

(1985/Japan, 120 min., color, drama.) Dir.: Mitsuo Yanagimachi. Cast: Kinya Kitaoji, Kiwako Taichi, Norihei Miki, Junko Miyashita. Distributor: Kino International.

The villagers in a remote, undeveloped area of Japan are divided into the woodsmen who worship the mountain goddess and the fishermen who worship the goddess of the sea. These traditions are threatened by a planned marine park. Tatsuo is a veteran lumberjack in conflict with the fishermen, who becomes angry during the annual fire festival when the old traditions are not preserved. In Japanese with English subtitles. Discussion follows with Eve Zimmerman.

Guest List

Prof. Jerry Carlson Professor of film studies, City College of New York

Eve Zimmerman Professor, Wellesley College