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Japanese filmmaker Hara Kazuo will discuss his career at screening

Friday, May 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Stewart Film Theater

A screening of the documentary "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On" and a discussion with Japanese filmmaker Hara Kazuo will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in East Asian Studies and Committee for Film Studies.

"The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On" focuses on a Japanese veteran of World War II in the Pacific as he struggles violently to challenge postwar political calm in Japan. The film follows Okuzaki Kenzo as he confronts his former military superiors about atrocities they committed and forced others to commit. In the documentary, Kazuo colludes with Okuzaki in his mission to seek justice, or at least a kind of release.

The movie will be screened in 16 mm and will be followed by a discussion with Kazuo about his 40-year career as a filmmaker. Kazuo's method of documentation, which he calls "action documentary," pursues the shocking effect of the action film by following gestures and staying in the moment rather than commenting in voiceover from a safe distance.

"Kazuo's innovations have transformed documentary filmmaking, and contributed directly to the current ascendance of the documentary, both within the industry and among audiences internationally," said Steven Chung, assistant professor of East Asian studies. "Through his documentaries, Kazuo has perused the bizarre and disturbing margins of Japanese society, certain that central truths are to be found in fringe phenomena."

For more information, contact Megan Santosusso in the Program in East Asian Studies at msantosu@princeton.edu or (609) 258-9350.

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