Lone Wolves & Stray Dogs: The Japanese Crime Film, 1931-1969

I'm very glad to announce the start of Yale's second collaboration with the National Film Center in Tokyo: the film series “Lone Wolves & Stray Dogs: The Japanese Crime Film, 1931-1969.” Our first collaboration in 2012, "The Sword and the Screen: The Japanese Period Film 1915-1960," was actually the first time the NFC collaborated with a foreign university, and was a great success. 

The new series, co-sponsored between the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale and the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, will present ten masterworks of Japanese gangster film, detective cinema, and Japanese noir, in subtitled archive prints that have rarely been seen abroad. The series will conclude with a symposium featuring an international panel of experts on Japanese crime film, and a world premiere screening of a newly struck English subtitled print of the classic gangster melodrama, Chutaro of Banba (Mabuta no Haha). The series kicks off on January 22, 2015, with the film Stray Dog, and concludes on February 15 with the world premiere and closing symposium.

We've produced a 20-page pamphlet for the series, featuring a page on each film and essays by our symposium participants. We'll make that available on the net soon. 



All screenings begin at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, unless otherwise noted.

All films 35mm prints in Japanese with English subtitles.


Stray Dog

(1949, Kurosawa Akira)


The Road to Hell

(1959, Kurahara Koreyoshi)

A Certain Killer

(1967, Mori Kazuo)


Police Officer

(1933, Uchida Tomu)

The Red Peony

(1969, Katō Tai)


The Man Who Disappeared Yesterday

(1941, Makino Masahiro)

The Last Gunfight

(1960, Okamoto Kihachi) 


A Fugitive from the Past

(1965, Uchida Tomu)


Wolf, Pig, and Man

(1964, Fukasaku Kinji) at 4:00pm

Chutaro of Banba

(1931, Inagaki Hiroshi) at 6:45pm

*World premiere of English subtitled print*

With live musical accompaniment by Limbergino 

Followed by a symposium at 8:30pm with:

Yomota Inuhiko - Visiting Researcher, Kyoto University of Art and Design

Ōsawa Jō - Curator, The National Film Center, Tokyo

Phil Kaffen - Assistant Professor, New York University

Moderated by Aaron Gerow, Professor, Yale University


The series also received support from Films at the Whitney and the Yale Film Studies Center. I'd like to thank all of them for their support.

Addendum: The pamphlet for the series is now available for free download in PDF form.

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