“Kinetic Visions: The Students of Hasumi Shigehiko” Brings an Eclectic Collection of Japanese Films to Chicago

A curated programme of Japanese films called “Kinetic Visions: The Students of Hasumi Shigehiko” will be screening at the University of Chicago every Sunday starting this week. The programme will feature number of films by directors who were formerly students of Japanese critic and theorist Hasumi Shigehiko.

Hasumi Shigehiko (1932-present) is one of the most influential critics and theorists of Japanese Cinema. Emerging at the film journal Cinema 69 at the end of the 1960s, he would go on to become one of the dominant critical voices of Japanese Film Criticism in the 1970s and 1980s, write numerous theoretical books on film form and experience, and become one of the founders of Film Studies as an academic discipline at Rikkyō University and later Tokyo University.

Hasumi’s students include numerous influential Japanese film scholars such as Yomota Inuhiko and Chika Kinoshita, as well as a long list of influential genre and art-house filmmakers,
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