Saturday, February 20, 2010
THE JAPANESE DISASTER DOUBLE FEATURE
Northwest filmmaker Jon Behrens hosts and curates this new film series that is held once a month at the Vermillion Gallery. Each month a different film program. So we would like to invite you down to the Vermillion and enjoy a free movie and have a drink and maybe get something to eat . All the films screened are shown on beautiful 16mm and are from Jon Behrens and friends private collections of film prints.
Sunday February 21st : THE JAPANESE DISASTER DOUBLE FEATURE:
I have paired two classic Japanese films from ToHo studios, these are the people who brought you loads of giant monster movies during the 1950's through the 00's . This time the monsters are mother nature. The first film is GORATH (1962) The film depicts a runaway star on a collision course with Earth in the then-future decade of the 1980s. Unlike most other impact event stories, in which mankind must abandon the Earth (When Worlds Collide) or destroy the threat (Deep Impact, Armageddon), Gorath sees humanity attempt to avert disaster by disengaging Earth from its own orbit around the Sun. The Second film is Tidal Wave (1974) This is a badly re-edited and "Americanized" version of a popular Japanese disaster movie, The Submersion of Japan (1973). The trouble begins when scientists learn that Japan's islands are sinking and must be evacuated within two years. The story chronicles the ways in which various people react to the decree.