Aug 29, 2019

Award-winning Japanese film Orizuru Osen (Downfall of Osen) by Japanese film director and screenwriter Kenji Mozoguchi will be publicly displayed on Aug. 31 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  It will be accompanied by a musical score by Kaduma ni Karol (Companion of Carol), a two-year-old band from Mindanao which plays “contemporary pre-colonial music.”

This film is based on the novel Baishoku Kamo Nanban by Kyoka Izumi made from the Meiji Era film and was restored in 2018 as part of the Kyoto Prefecture digital remastering development program. 

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Photo courtesy of the Japan Foundation Manila
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Photo courtesy of the Japan Foundation Manila

The story revolves around a servant Osen who works for a self-seeking antique dealer, Kumazawa, who forces Osen to use her looks in selling his illegal business. When Kumazawa was arrested, Osen supported young Shokichi and financed his medical education by prostituting. When Shokichi then became a doctor years later, he found out that Osen is suffering from a serious illness. 

Every year since the first entrance of the Silent Film Festival in the local scene in 2006, many audiences continue to witness gradient-less movie classics infused with various genres of music. And for the celebration of the 13th International Silent Film Festival Manila, the line up includes:

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Photo courtesy of the International Silent Film Festival Manila Facebook page

For more information, visit International Silent Film Festival Manila’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

Header photo courtesy of Noom Peerapong on Unsplash

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