Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on March 2010
To mark the release of Tim Burton’s highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland, the Shin-Bungeiza theater in Ikebukuro is holding an all-night screening of fantasy films on March 20, from 10pm, including Terry Gilliam’s Tideland (2005; pictured) and Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s Alice (1988). After over eight hours of viewing, you may feel as if you’ve emerged from a rabbit hole.
With Nikkatsu Corp.’s revival of its “Roman Porno” series of sexploitation film, Cinema Vera’s Noboru Tanaka retrospective is well timed. From March 20 to April 16, the Shibuya theater will be screening 26 films by the director who defined the genre in the ‘70s
Laputa in Asagaya continues its “Heroine” series with a retrospective of films starring Kaoru Yachigusa, running till April 24. Highlights include 1957’s Snow Country, based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning writer Yasunari Kawabata, and 1955’s Madame Butterfly, based on the Puccini Opera and filmed in Italy.