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Ornamental Hairpin, directed by Hiroshi Shimizu, is the next film showing in the Masters of Japanese Cinema Film Series brought to you by librarian and professor Jeff Purdue.
Shimizu’s films have only recently become available to Western audiences. In this haunting and funny film, a young soldier (played by Ozu regular Chishu Ryu) injures his foot on a hairpin while in a hot spring at a mountain resort. When the hairpin’s owner (played by the great actress Kinuyo Tanaka) comes to apologize for this accident, others at the resort try to push this chance encounter into something more. This deceptively light-hearted film is emotionally complex; it also is a chance to see a Japanese film made during World War II.
Showing Saturday March 13th from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Pickford Cinema in downtown Bellingham For directions please see the Pickford's website below.
Sponsored by Western Libraries and United States-Japan Foundation.