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20 September 2018: Heroic Purgatory


Heroic Purgatory
Kiju Yoshida
1970 | 118 min | B/W | Digital
Japanese with English subtitles

Heroic Purgatory is the [director's] world-beater, a more condensed and intense dose of Yoshida-ness, in which a student gaggle of would-be terrorists angst about their communal non-action, a strange runaway teen infiltrates the lives of a middle-class couple, and characters keep taking off wigs, revealing that they’re someone else. Every vertiginous shot is an idea, and Yoshida musters the dislocation living in an arthouse science fiction film, when in fact it’s just life at the end of the Sixties.” – Michael Atkinson

Part of our season on Kiju Yoshida