Akira Kurosawa To Be Celebrated at New York's Japan Society

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Tomorrow night, Japan Society, the Manhatten based arts and cultural institution, will feature a lecture chronicling the career of the Japanese cinematic giant, Akira Kirosawa. The lecture, labeled 50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami, will feature featurr Teruyo Nogami, who closely worked with the acclaimed director for nearly 50 years as his assistant director. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing of Nogami’s recently published memoir, Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa. Michael Jeck, a Japanese film specialist, will moderate the event.

For half a century–from the Rashomon (1950) to Madadayo (1993) –Teruyo Nogami stood by Akira Kurosawa as a script supervisor and principal assistant. 50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami presents a candid discussion, in which she recalls Kurosawa’s creative energy on and off the set, and how she supported him during his glory years as well as in times of struggle.

Teruyo Nogami was born in Tokyo in 1927 and was for half a century a principal assistant to film director Akira Kurosawa. She is also a respected writer, reviewer, interviewer, editor, and film lecturer. Nogami lives in Tokyo, where she remains a vital part of the film community. Her award-winning autobiographical work Chichi e no Requiem was made into a film, Kabei by Yoji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai), which was released in Japan in January 2008.

For more information, please visit http://japansociety.org/

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