The two month season devoted to the work and career of the actor and filmmaker will run from the 1st August until the 30th September.

The BFI has confirmed the complete programme for a two-month season dedicated to Kinuyo Tanaka, an actor and filmmaker who played an essential role in the history of Japanese cinema. In August, the screenings will concentrate on Tanaka’s work as director and the six ground-breaking features she made as one of Japan’s earliest female auteurs, all presented in new 4K restorations. In September, the spotlight will shift to Tanaka as actor and her work with major directors including Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi. The season, which was first conceived by Lili Hinstin and presented at the Lumière Festival in 2021, is presented in partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Janus Films.

Meanwhile, a season introduction Kinuyo Tanaka: Film Pioneer will take place on the 8th August will guide its audience through its film selection. The richly illustrated talk will explore how Tanaka came to be considered one of the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, before she moved on to become a ground-breaking filmmaker with a focus on distinctly feminine topics.

The BFI Southbank season will begin in August with screenings of Tanaka’s directorial works, starting with her debut feature Love Letter before being followed by The Moon is Risen and Forever a Woman. August will continue with screenings of The Wandering Princess, Girls of the Night and Love Under the Crucifix. September will see the season celebrating Kinuyo Tanaka, the actor with six of her most notable performances being screened – beginning with Shunkinsho: Okoto to Sasuke before screening Army, A Hen in the Wind and Mother.

As well as screening at BFI Southbank, Kinuyo Tanaka’s six directorial features will also be screened in their new 4K restorations this summer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), Glasgow Film Theatre and Watershed, Bristol.

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