The French Institute (15 Ichigaya, Funagawaracho, Shinjuku-ku; www.institut.jp) presents recently restored prints of three films by Polish-born French director Jean Epstein, March 7-8. A film theorist and literary critic, Epstein applied avant-garde ideas to silent films, including an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher (1928; pictured). Film scholar Emilie Cauquy will lecture, in French, after the screenings.
In sad news for cinema fans, Cinemart Roppongi (3-8-15 Roppongi, Minato-ku; www.cinemart.co.jp/theater/roppongi) will close its doors in June. The four-screen theater opened in 2006 with the mission of bringing Asian films to Tokyo. Although it branched out over the years, it’s going back to its roots for its curtain call, starting March 7. Hits from the nine-year run being brought back include films starring Korean actors Kim Nam-gil, Jung Woo-sung, Kang Ji-hwan, Jang Keun-suk, and Hyun Bin.
Cinema Vera (1-5 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku; www.cinemavera.com) welcomes you to the world of “roman porno” director Tatsumi Kumashiro, March 7-April 3. Despite health problems, the prolific filmmaker churned out dozens of hits in the 1970s, satisfying the studio’s requirements for erotic content while developing his own manic style. Many of his most popular films will be shown from new 35mm prints.