Japanese Currents: SANCHU UPRISING: VOICES AT DAWN

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Yamasaki’s highly inventive take on the jidaigeki (historical drama) concerns a group of rural farmers treated poorly by tax authorities in the 18th-century Okayama town of Sanchu. On the verge of starvation, the farmers protest both the rising tax rate and the lack of access to the crops they grow… until samurai are dispatched to keep them under control. A devastating uprising appears inevitable. Combining glorious black-and-white cinematography in natural-light situations, animation, and an inventive final sequence that transports us to the modern day, SANCHU UPRISING is both unique in style and compelling in its theme of wrestling with difficult choices.

 

SANCHU UPRISING: VOICES AT DAWN screens Thursday, December 10 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our Japanese Currents series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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