January 1, 2020

Episode 448: Eros + Massacre (1969)

Special Guest: Dick Stegewerns
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Samm Deighan

We’re kicking off 2020 with one in a whole series of films that were released in 1969.

Up first is a film that captures the essence of the Japanese New Wave, Yoshishige "Kiju" Yoshida's Eros + Massacre. The film sets up two parallel stories, one set in the late teens/early twenties of the 1900s and the other in the contemporary 1969. The early story concerns the anarchist Osugi Kasae (Toshiyuki Hosokawa) and the three women in his life, most pointedly Ito Noe (Mariko Okada). These true figures from history are contrasted with the fictional characters of 1969 which include Eiko, Megumi, and Wada.

Samm Deighan and an irate Chris Stachiw join Mike to smugly discuss the film. We're joined by special guest Professor Dick Stegewerns, author of Kiju Yoshida: 50 Years of Avant-Garde Filmmaking in Post-War Japan.

Listen/Download Now:

Listen to the Kulturecast episode on Eros + Massacre:
Listen to "Eros + Massacre" on Spreaker.

Links:
Buy the Love + Anarchism box set
Buy Eros Plus Massacre by David Desser
Buy Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s by Isolde Standish

Music:
"The Lost Mother Land (Part 1)" - The Apryl Fool

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