You’re in for a treat!
The Japan Foundation, Manila features Orizuru Osen by the renowned Japanese film director and screenwriter Kenji Mizoguchi on August 31, 2019, 3:00PM as part of the this year’s Silent Film Festival Manila (#ISFF2019) which will run from August 30 to September 1 at Samsung Hall, SM Aura, BGC, Taguig. ADMISSION IS FREE. (Ticket reservation: https://tinyurl.com/y6t28gyr)
Osen works as a servant girl for an unscrupulous antique dealer, Kumazawa, who forces Osen to help his illegal business by using her beauty. When Kumazawa is arrested, Osen agrees to finance penniless young Shokichi and help his dream of being a doctor. But the only way she can make money is to prostitute herself, and she is eventually caught by the police. Years later, when Shokichi becomes a doctor, he found that Osen is suffering from an incurable illness.
“The Downfall of Osen” is based on the novel “Baishoku Kamo Nanban” by Kyoko Izumi. This emotional Meiji era film is directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and was restored as part of the 2018 Kyoto Prefecture digital remastering development program.
Listeners can expect a wonderful mix of the ancient and the contemporary, of soothing vibes and danceable grooves from two-year-old band from Mindanao, Kaduma ni Karol/Kaduma hi Karol.
They play “contemporary precolonial music” – fusing indigenous traditional musical influences and languages from north to south of the Philippines with contemporary sounds. As such, their original compositions invoke heart-felt melodic memories of the “kachaanan” (ancestry in Cordilleran banao language).
Performing at the 2019 International Silent Film Festival are Philippines’ queen of chants Karol Dawonlay a.k.a. Carol Bello of Pinikpikan/Kalayo Band and singer-songwriter Dandy Dawonlay of the Higaonon Tribe in Mindanao. The couple is joined by Mindanaoan musicians, Richard Mira (rhythm guitar) and Joshua Gultiano (bass guitar) as well as Manila-based ones, master percussionist Jean Paul Zialcita (kali drum, aqua drum, and percussions) and young flute player Iwag Alcalde.
ADMISSION IS FREE. Reserve tickets through this link: https://tinyurl.com/y6t28gyr