September 17th, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)
***The screenings will now begin at 7:00PM***
As a film, Ronin-Gai (1990) has an amazing degree of historical and critical convergence. Its pedigree reaches back to the early Japanese film industry and beyond. It is also the final film of actor Shintaro Katsu who’s Zatochi character is a legend of world cinema. The basic plot involves a community of Ronin living around a rural inn. Set in Japan during the 1830's, towards the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a time of great stagnation. The film is deceptive in that it seems to be centered on a series of prostitute murders, but there true significance goes much further then simple crime.