The Sword (Ken)
Dir. Kenji Misumi. 1964, 94 mins. 35mm. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Raizo Ichikawa, Yusuke Kawazu. Misumi’s only contemporary film stars Ichikawa as a talented pupil of kendo caught up in a rivalry with a fellow student. Based on the novella by Yukio Mishima, The Sword allegorizes the temptations and consequences of a generation coming of age in a consumer society. Shot in high-contrast black and white in a distinctly New Wave style, itis one of Misumi’s cinematic gems.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.