Events 2017

Four Great Days

A Page of Madness

6:15 PM, Thu, 16 Mar

Venue: College Chapel on Front Square, Trinity College Dublin

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Time: Doors 6pm / Start 6.15pm            

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa

As part of a series of events exploring Irish international cultural exchange, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan with this exclusive screening, a rare opportunity to see arguably the most important Asian film from the silent era. The presentation will be accompanied by a new score produced by acclaimed Irish musicians and composers Matthew Nolan and Seán Mac Erlaine in collaboration with London based shakuhachi (Japanese flute) master, Clive Bell.

A Page of Madness (1926) or Kurutta Ippeiji is a silent film by Japanese film director Kinugasa Teinosuke. It was lost for fifty years until being rediscovered in a shed in 1971. Teinosuke Kinugasa was the first director in Japan to realise his ambition of treating cinema as a distinct art form in its own right, divorced from the commercial concerns of the new mass-audience medium.

It’s a simple story of a retired sailor who has taken a job as a janitor in an asylum to look after his insane wife; however a synopsis of the plot can’t begin to explain the power of the film, nor the audacity of its cinematic vision.