Wednesday, June 26, 2019
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
The Encorepreneur Cafe
1548 NE 15th Ave. Portland
This month we will do something a little different with our film event. Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan is an anthology horror film…but don’t let that fool you–the stories are closer to scary folk tales than anything you’d see in American horror films. As surreal and haunting as it is beautiful, this 60’s gem is a great way to experience Japanese folklore.
Because of the length of this film, we will forgo our typical after-film discussion. We’re working on creating links to the text version of these stories so you can read them before you watch the film if you like.
The stories in the film were all collected in several volumes of books by Lafcadio Hearn , a Greek-British man who moved to Japan and became a naturalized citizen in the late 1800s. He found some of the stories in old Japanese books (the Yaso-Kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa-Zensho, Kokon-Chomonshu, Tama-Sudare, and Hyaku-Monogatari), while others were told to him by people he met.
5:30pm arrive and find a seat
5:40pm brief words from Erin and Masaki
5:45pm film starts. This is a 3-hour movie. There will be a brief intermission between parts 2 and 3.
9:00pm film is finished