The Irreverent Genre-Buster: Kurahara Koreyoshi

Kurahara Koreyoshi (1927-2002)

If translated into a musical score, the fantastically diverse career of Kurahara Koreyoshi might sound like one of the frenzied jazz solos that play through his films. From noir crime dramas to New Wave beatnik sagas to popular blockbusters about animals and Antarctica, Kurahara’s cinema can be called anything but boring.

Born in Sarawak (now Borneo) in 1927, Kurahara returned to Japan as a child and later witnessed the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima while training as a young sailor nearby. Later he became one of the “Nikkatsu Trio” (along with Nakahira Ko and Imamura Shohei), directing some of the studio’s biggest hits and conducting his first excursions into the New Wave (his depictions of youth angst in The Warped Ones and Black Sun are among the most powerful from that era). Ever restless, Kurahara went on to direct literary adaptations, star-studded adventures in exotic locales like East Africa and Paris, nature documentaries, and 1983’s Antarctica, a record-breaking box office hit. His earliest works, however, best showcase Kurahara’s giddy yet fatalistic vision, set to the fractured music of modernity.

The Third Dead Angle

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Hayama Ryoji, Nagato Hiroyuki, Inagaki Mihoko

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5:00 PM

06AC4M3

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Agnes b. CINEMA!

Intimidation

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Kaneko Nobuo, Nishimura Ko, Kusanagi Kojiro

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7:30 PM

06AC4E1

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Agnes b. CINEMA!

The Warped Ones

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Kawachi Tamio, Go Eiji, Chishiro Yuko

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9:30 PM

06AC4E2

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Agnes b. CINEMA!

Glass-Hearted Johnny

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Shishido Jo, Ashikawa Izumi, I. George

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5:00 PM

07AC4M3

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Agnes b. CINEMA!

Black Sun

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Kawachi Tamio, Chico Roland, Chishiro Yuko

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7:30 PM

07AC4E1

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Agnes b. CINEMA!

Thirst for Love

Kurahara Koreyoshi

Nakamura Nobuo, Asaoka Ruriko, Yamwanouchi Akira

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9:00 PM

04SP4E2

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall