1969. Japan. Dir: Toshio Matsumoto. With Shinnosuke Ikehata. 105 min.
A cross-dressing performer at an underground gay club contemplates his defining childhood loss and his present love affair with his manager. Not quite doc nor fiction, this radically nebulous experience unveiled Japanese subculture and reportedly influenced A Clockwork Orange.
1959. Japan. Dir: Yasujiro? Ozu. With Chishu? Ryu?. 94 min. 35mm print.
After two young brothers’ request for their parents to buy a television is denied, they conduct a silence strike in protest. Ozu (Tokyo Story) lends his pet topics of generational conflict, subtle social dynamics, and the modernization of Japan a cheeky and heartwarming spin , his formalist rigor leavened with suburban charm and a surplus of fart jokes.