Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mad, Bad... & All Over the Web

Last night the Mad, Bad... & Dangerous to Know film series kicked off with the screening of Tattoo (aka The Spider Tattoo), featuring Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto and directed by Yasuzo Masumura.

Today, the series was featured in New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York!

"As daft and beautiful a fusion of grindhouse exploitation and arty lyricism as anything on film."

-New York Magazine

"Kaji is the copy-ready deviant of the series, but Japan Society has seized the opportunity for layered programming, even if every film isn't killer. Besides spotlighting three actresses, "Mad, Bad . . . & Dangerous to Know" is also a tribute to the ruthlessly insistent filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura, a revealing high-low study in shame entertainment, and a never-mind-the-plot Scope showcase."

-The Village Voice

"If you're more in line with the stereotypically docile view of Japanese women, then this series—which surveys the work of transgressive actors Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada, and Meiko Kaji—is not for you."

-Time Out New York

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