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Join us for an afternoon of chills and thrills as we study on film the popular Kabuki ghost play, "A True View of Kasane's Depths" (Shinkei Kasane ga Fuchi).
This free class is offered in conjunction with YBCA's film series, "Girls! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho" and OACC's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Please register above.
Kasane, like Oiwa from "The Ghost Story of Yotsuya," is one of the most famous ghosts in Japanese history. Like Oiwa, she is a tortured soul with a disfigured face who was created for the Kabuki stage by the playwright Tsuruya Nanboku in the 1820s. Like Oiwa, Kasane has since appeared in countless stories, plays, and films, including Nobuo Nakagawa's classic Shintoho film, "The Ghosts of Kasane Swamp" (Kaidan Kasane ga Fuchi, 1957).
"A True View of Kasane's Depths" is based on a re-telling of the tale by the rakugo storyteller Encho Sanyutei ("The Peony Lantern"). Sanyutei adds psychological depth to the story, exploring the dark, mysterious realms of human desire and karmic retribution.
The class will also briefly survey the original Kabuki versions of two films featured in the YBCA series, "The Ghost Story of Yotsuya" and "Ghost Cat of Otama Pond."
Films are in Japanese with English translation. Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!
If you are curious about why Kabuki's unique combination of drama, music, dance, and spectacle continues to entertain millions every year, "here's your chance to see one of the finest Kabuki films ever made, free, amongst fans and experts who will gladly fill you in on all the social and historical aspects of the performance" (Flavorpill "Editor's Pick").
What is Kabuki? Click here for a good introduction.
15 minutes from SF; 2 blocks from 12th Street BART; street parking and onsite parking garage available.
The class is being offered in conjunction with the "Girls! Guns! Ghosts!" film series at YBCA:
Girls! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho
Specializing in noir, horror, and risqué oddities, Japan’s Shintoho studio produced more than 500 films in 14 years. The company went bankrupt in 1961, and few of their films have been seen in the West—until now. Though they produced works by masters like Kurosawa and Ozu, they are best remembered in Japan for their low-budget, high-concept genre films. Shintoho is comparable to American International Pictures, who, along with producer/director Roger Corman, flooded American drive-ins in the 1960s with tales of rebellious teenagers, vampires, werewolves, and curvy girls in bikinis. Join us for the West Coast premiere of these eight newly-remastered hidden gems.
For full program information: http://www.ybca.org/girls-guns-ghosts
Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, near the Powell and Montgomery BART/Muni stations
Price: $10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, or teacher
The Origins of J-Horror Explained
Kabuki ghost stories and the Japanese horror films of the 1950s have been a major influence on Ringu and J-horror films of the last decade. In fact, Hideo Nakata, the director of Ringu, directed a version of "A True View of Kasane's Depths" (Kaidan) in 2007. For more about the influence of Japanese art and film history on recent J-horror films, visit: http://www.jetaanc.org/ringu
When & Where
The JET Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who now live in Northern California or Nevada. The all-volunteer organization serves as a network and resource for alumni, and provides assistance to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco for a wide range of initiatives, including local U.S.-Japan exchange activities and recruitment and orientation for the JET Program.