Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival
Night of the Felines
A frivolous, candy-colored sex comedy with a melancholic note. The rhythms of big beat and jazz introduce the audiences into the 1970s in Japan and to the stories of women working in a bathhouse-turned-cathouse. The film shows a wide range of clients and their extravagant tastes, as well as the plain reality of the erotic industry - and struggles of a young man preparing to his very first sex date with a girl.
Naboru Tanaka does not hesitate to show on the dark side of "soap land" world, but the extravagant form he uses brings fresh energy to the quasi-genre of geisha and courtesan films. He also reveals the unexpected face of ordinary citizens, shedding a new, interesting light on the Japanese society. The film is considered to be one of the finest works of Tanaka, who is renown for his visual sensitivity and the originality of his mise-en-scene.
Born in 1937, died in 2006. He studied French literature, worked as an assistant for Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura. Screenwriter and director, one of the leading creators of Roman Porno, praised by audiences and critics for his refreshing plots and form. He made over 20 features for the Nikkatsu erotic series, including the famous "A Woman Called Sada Abe" (based on the same biography which inspired Oshima’s "In the Realm of the Senses"), and "Watcher in the Attic" (based on Edogawa Rampo’s gothic novel).
1972 Kaben no shizuku / Beads from a Petal
1972 Noc kociaków / Mesunekotachi no yoru / Night of the Felines
1976 Dziwny teatr Edogawy Rampo: Podgladacz z poddasza / Edogawa Ranpo ryoki-kan: Yaneura no sanposha / Watcher in the Attic
1986 Tsubomi no nagame / Spectacle of Buds
1988 Youjo densetsu '88 / Monster Woman '88