The Casa de Colón hosts the 19th Japanese Film Week focused on the figures of the director Mikio Naruse and the novelist Fumiko Hayashi


Director Mikio Naruse.

Director Mikio Naruse.

The Casa de Colón welcomes the 19th Japanese Film Week from July 26 to 30. It is already a classic that organizes the Vertigo Film Association with the collaboration of the Casa de Colón and the sponsorship of the Japan Foundation, which on this occasion is carried out under the title Naruse / Hayashi – Floating Clouds centered on the figures of the film director Mikio Naruse and the novelist Fumiko Hayashi.

This free activity hosts the screening of Five Mikio Naruse films based on Hayashi’s novels, and the conference Against Time: The Persistence of Memory in Floating Clouds for him architect, historian and film critic, Aythami Ramos, who will also be in charge of presenting each of the films.

Those interested in participating in these initiatives must register in advance at http://www.casadecolon.com/-/semana-de-cine-japones. Some of the activities are already sold out online, but the Casa de Colón reserves a percentage for in-person registration on the day of the event, which will be granted in strict order of arrival until the limited capacity is completed.

Mikio Naruse faced, between 1951 and 1962, the posthumous adaptation of six stories signed by the writer Fumiko Hayashi, an exceptional chronicler of postwar Japanese femininity who died prematurely at the age of 47. His very popular novel Floating clouds it would be the foundation on which Naruse would build not only the most iconic film of his career, but also one of the most recognized and influential titles in Japanese cinematography.

Poet and prose writer linked in its beginnings to the left movements and active collaborationist of the imperial Shōwa regime –for which she worked as a correspondent in propagandist work during the war–, Hayashi’s literary production knew how to connect with the spirit of a femininity doubly punished by the aftermath of the atomic bomb and the social norms imposed according to the Confucian principles of humility, self-denial, sweetness, submission and patience that had defined the ideal of the Japanese woman since Meiji: the Yamato nadeshiko (Japanese carnation).

The questioning of that patriarchal model promoted by the powers that be through manuals of good conduct such as Onna no Daigaku, and its replacement by a new type of woman – pejoratively baptized by the dominant masculinity as atarashii-onna– It would constitute the spearhead of a cultural revolution initiated at the end of the 19th century by authors such as Ichiyō Higuchi, and updated by Hayashi within the framework of the incipient society of salaryman (low-ranking executives), explains Aythami Ramos.

For his part, at the same time that Kurosawa and Mizoguchi managed to triumph in the West by modeling through their period fictions the imaginary of the so-called Golden Age of Japanese cinema, the still unknown Mikio Naruse faced from the reserve and simplicity typical of the genre melodramatic which would be one of the most fruitful projects of his career.

The movie Floating clouds, which was previously screened at the Casa de Colón, would become the cornerstone of this encounter between two of the most influential figures in twentieth-century Japanese narrativity, whose dialogue would endow the popular genre of the shomin-geki of a temporal density as unprecedented as it is essential for the later evolution of modern cinema. Now, this initiative projects the other five films based on Hayashi’s stories.

Program:

– Monday July 26

19:30 hours. Meshi (The Lunch) Japan, 1951. B / NVOSE 97 ‘.

Direction: Mikio Naruse.

– Tuesday July 27

19:30 hours. Inazuma (The Lightning) Japan, 1952. B / NVOSE 87 ‘.

Direction: Mikio Naruse.

– Wednesday July 28

19:30 hours. Tsuma (The Wife) Japan, 1953. B / NVOSE 89 ‘.

Direction: Mikio Naruse.

– Thursday July 29

18:30 hours Conference: Against Time: The Persistence of Memory in Floating Clouds by Aythami Ramos, architect, historian and film critic.

19:30 hours. Bangiku (Late Chrysanthemums) Japan, 1954. B / NVOSE 101 ‘.

Direction: Mikio Naruse.

– Friday July 30

19:30 hours. Hōrō-ki (Diary of a Tramp) Japan, 1962. B / NVOSE 124 ‘.

Direction: Mikio Naruse.

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