A double-feature of Red Peony films by Tai Kato. Co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation.
THE RED PEONY GAMBLER: FLOWER CARDS MATCH
Screening Time: 5pm
In a dark world of petty thieves and vicious gangs, Junko Fuji stars in the unique role of Ryu, the honor-bound heroine of this Meiji period yakuza story spanning eight films. Caught between the conflict of rival gangs, Ryu attempts to walk a noble path, but it’s only a matter of time before the rising pressure forces her hand. (3rd film of the series.)
Directed by Tai Kato, 1969, 98 min.THE RED PEONY GAMBLER: RED PEONY FINDS A DAUGHTER
Screening Time: 8pm
Ryu’s connection to a yakuza family leads her on a journey to Tokyo in search of Kimiko, a lost girl who was reported to have been seen in the entertainment district of Asakusa. However, unexpected romance and the theater business that connect Kimiko and the local yakuza factions inevitably drag Ryu into a dangerous position. (6th film of the series.)
Directed by Tai Kato, 1970, 100 min.