An Asian western flick? A monster as cool as Godzilla? You betcha! You can see these films for free at the Freer Gallery in August. Here’s the schedule for their Asia Trash! lineup:
Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m. – The Host
Asian cinema, mainly Japan’s Toho Studios, has brought to the big screen a slew of legendary monsters such as Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah (Who? Remember that cool looking three-headed monster? Yeah, that one!) and the king of them all, Godzilla. The unnamed monster in The Host definitely could clobber any of those creatures. This film is unique because it’s a horror-comedy. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, The Host is the highest grossing Korean film ever.
Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. – Tears of the Black Tiger
Wisit Sasanatieng is the brains behind this Thai western. The colorful scenery of Tears of the Black Tiger is reminiscent of Amelie. The violence evokes memories of Pulp Fiction. The film also pays homage to the western films of the 1960s. The story and acting is terrific. The cinematography and music are wonderful. What makes everything bizarre is that this film is an Asian western. Not sure what I like better: Watching this flick or eating at Thep Phanom, my fave Thai restaurant located in Lower Haight. Bottom line is that they’re both winners. Tears of the Black Tiger is one of the greatest films to come out of Thailand.
Thursday, August 20, 7 pm – Tokyo Gore Police
Gory. Perverse. Bizarre. The Freer Gallery couldn’t have written a better description of this film: “Employing geysers of blood, mountains of severed body parts, mutant go-go girls, and other delights, it takes place in a Tokyo of the near future in which a privatized police force wages hyper-violent war on a new breed of cyborg criminals who can transform their wounds into weapons.” I know what you’re thinking: I am so there!
How to get your free tickets
Free tickets are required for films in the 300 seat Meyer Auditorium, located in the Freer Gallery. Up to two tickets per person are distributed at the auditorium one hour before show time. More info, visit: http://www.asia.si.edu/events/ticketInfo.asp
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