VNCA Film Festival Presents A Story of Floating Weeds
Submitted: Thursday, April 04, 2013 9:30 AM
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A 1934 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu about clandestine lovers being torn apart by deceit, jealousy, and family dynamics and secrets. Kihachi Ichikawa (Takeshi Sakamoto) is the head of a traveling kabuki troupe and a popular actor. Between shows, Kihachi decides to visit his former mistress Otsune (Chouko Iida) and his son Shinkichi in a small seaside town. Shinkichi does not know that Kihachi is his father, but thinks he is his uncle. During his visit Kihachi breaks up with his present mistress, Otaka (Rieko Yagumo), who is an actress in his troupe. To get revenge, Otaka bribes a fellow actress, Otoki (Yoshiko Tsubouchi), to seduce Shinkichi. Otoki falls in love with Shinkichi. Kihachi, having learned of Otaka’s plot, trys to forcibly separate the young clandestine lovers. Shinkichi quarrels violently with Kihachi over his treatment of Otoki and the new found knowledge that he is his father. Immediately following their argument, Kihachi disbands his acting troupe and leaves for Kamisuwa. The film also stars Kôji Mitsui.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Formby Room of the SWC/SCL on the Texas Tech University campus at 6:00pm.  For more information see www.vietnam.ttu.edu/2013filmfestival or call 806-742-9010.
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