From compelling and thoughtful documentaries to classic yakuza thrillers, the best of Japanese filmmaking dominates MUBI’s March program
New York, NY — February 14, 2019 — Leading curated streaming platform MUBI announced today its March release slate of films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. Next month, MUBI offers a selection of the best works from the latest luminaries in Japan’s long and rich history of filmmaking – from a retrospective of Kazuhiro Soda’s rich and engaging documentaries to contrasting studies of love, life and death with two moving Cannes premieres: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water.
Additional highlights include MUBI’s ongoing examination of what makes an auteur, with film pairings from Christian Petzold, Abel Ferrara, Catherine Breillat and Carlos Reygadas, plus a look at Hollywood’s flirtations with communism during its golden age, and a rare chance to enjoy the brilliant work of cinematic pioneer Ida Lupino — the only woman to work as both a producer and director within the 1950s Hollywood studio system.
Highlights from the March line-up are as follows:
Radical Observation: The Films of Kazuhiro Soda — Exclusive
MUBI is proud to announce a four-film special dedicated to one of the great modern observational documentarians, Kazuhiro Soda. The program is presented in partnership with Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater, which will also be showing a comprehensive retrospective of the Japanese filmmaker’s work throughout March. MUBI’s selection includes the Peabody-winning film Campaign (Berlin ‘07) and the exclusive online premiere of Soda’s latest work Inland Sea – straight from last year’s Berlinale.
Inland Sea — March 4
Peace — March 5
Campaign — March 18
Campaign 2 — March 19
More from Japan!
Beyond celebrating the work of Soda, Kurosawa and Kawase, MUBI’s March program will feature two other great films from Japan. Mark Olex and Francesca Scalisi’s stunning and surreal documentary Half-Life in Fukushima is showing in commemoration of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster’s eight-year anniversary. MUBI will also revive Teruo Ishii’s classic yakuza thriller Blind Woman’s Curse to celebrate the birthday of its star, the prolific Japanese actress Meiko Kaji.
Half-Life in Fukushima — March 11
Blind Woman’s Curse — March 24