Masato Harada at Temple University Japan 3/26 (FRI)

Ann Tomoko Yamamoto yamamoto_ann
Thu Mar 25 05:15:36 EST 2004

Dear Kine Japan,

Sorry about the late notice, but here's info about a lecture by director
Masato Harada at Temple University Japan.

Ann Yamamoto


Public Lecture: Masato Harada on Japanese and Hollywood Film Making
Date:?March 26, 2004 (FRI) 7 p.m.

Location:?Temple University Japan (Tokyo campus), Room 212/3

7 minute walk from Shirokane Takanawa Station on the Namboku line and Toei
Mita line; 10 minute walk from Azabu Juban Station on the Namboku line and
Toei Oedo line; 15 minute walk from Mita station on the Toei Mita line and
Toei Asakusa line

Admission:?Free and open to public, advance reservations are not required.

Language: English 

Masato Harada, a noted Japanese film director, screenwriter and actor, will
speak at Temple University Japan on his experience as a director, working
internationally in both Japanese and Hollywood productions. He would also
talk about the process of writing and producing -- the challenges of the
Japanese film market.? ?

Masato Harada played the role of Omura in the movie The Last Samurai. Masato
Harada?s early career in film was as a correspondent for the Japanese movie
industry press. As a student in London in 1972, and later in Los Angeles, he
was a Golden Globe critic, and also wrote for Hollywood Interview and The
Hollywood Movie Express. With his debut film ?Goodbye Flickmania: Indian
Summer,? produced in Japan in 1979, he made the transition from critic to
screenwriter and director. In the early 80s, he directed the Japanese dubbed
versions of such films as ?Star Wars? and ?The Empire Strikes Back,? and
wrote the subtitles for Stanley Kubrick's ?Full Metal Jacket.? Working in
both the U.S. and Japan, his work has spanned cultures and genres. In the
more than 10 films he has produced or directed in as many years, his
features have received numerous awards at Film festivals, and he is
recognized as one of Japan?s most versatile and international directors.

More recently, he has taken the role of social critic through films dealing
with controversial issues in Japan such as discrimination (Kamikaze Taxi
(1994), sexism and juvenile delinquency (Bounce: Ko Gals, 1997), and
political corruption (Jubaku, 1999). In 2003, his acting debut was in ?The
Last Samurai,? in which he played the villainous Omura, alongside Ken
Watanabe and Tom Cruise. Harada continues to write and direct, and is
currently working on several projects, to be released in the coming year.

Masato Harada?s lecture is in association with TUJ?s Wakai Project, an
ongoing forum for students, scholars, activists and those interested in
popular culture to address issues related to Japanese youth culture

For this event, students from the Wakai Project will moderate a discussion
with Harada, at the conclusion of his remarks.

For More InformationFor more information, please contact:

Kyle Cleveland, 
Director of Student Services,
Temple University Japan
E-mail: kyle at

For general inquiries, please contact:

Contact Information
 Temple University Japan, Information Center

Address:??????? 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

Tel:??? 03-5441-9800 (or 0120-86-1026)

E-mail: ic at 

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