Film series: Introduction to Japanese Film

A man and a woman eating ramen noodles with chopsticks.
TAMPOPO (dir. Juzo Itami, 1985)
Scene from the film RASHOMON
RASHOMON (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

“Introduction to Japanese Film,” taught by Professor Andrew Campana, covers a broad range of eras, styles, and genres of Japanese cinema.

The three films selected for our spring series represent three completely different sides of Japan’s film history: Rashomon is a representative of the classic postwar cinema that served as Japanese film’s major introduction to the world; The Mourning Forest is a haunting contemporary hybrid of fiction and documentary by one of Japan’s most prominent women filmmakers; and Tampopo is a beloved 1980s film about food that dips into comedy, romance, Westerns, gangster films, and just about everything else in a kaleidoscopic encapsulation of Japanese popular movies.

Each screening will feature an introduction by Professor Campana.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1950
Thursday, January 25 at 7pm
Sunday, January 28 at 5:30pm
(Screens in a 35mm print courtesy of Janus Films)

The Mourning Forest 
Directed by Naomi Kawase, 2007
Thursday, February 22 at 7pm

Directed by Juzo Itami, 1985
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm

Related films

Scene from the film Rashomon



Scene from the film Tampopo



A woman in dappled sunlight laying on the ground with her eyes closed.

The Mourning Forest