Born of the fires of dissidence in 1949, always teetering on the verge of greatness and the brink of disaster, Japan’s Shintoho studios specialized in making horror, noir, and risqué oddities. Though they produced works by masters like Kurosawa and Ozu, they are most well known for their exploitation fare. Condemned as cheap, disposable trash at the time, these films proved massively influential and revolutionized Japanese genre movies, populating them with bizarre ghouls and ghosts, rebellious teenagers, vampires, gangsters, and curvy girls in bikinis. The company went bankrupt in 1961, and few of their films have been seen in the West—until now. Join us for the Texas premiere of these eight newly-remastered hidden gems and experience the glory days of Japanese exploitation cinema.
Two films every Sunday in August at the Ritz:
GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA
GHOST CAT OF OTAMA POND
THE HORIZON GLITTERS
DEATH ROW WOMAN
REVENGE OF THE PEARL QUEEN
*All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and presented digitally.
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