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.

Still from “Journey to the Shore”

Highlights from the March line-up are as follows:

Radical ObservationThe 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

Still from “Campaign”

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

Still from “Half Life in Fukushima”

Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.