Upcoming Events

Dublin | Arts and Media

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Appeal for help by Ollie Richardson and the Saker (IMPORTANT!) Wed Jul 24, 2019 00:36 | The Saker
Dear friends, As you may be aware, during the first half of this year I have been reporting on the ?Yellow Vests? movement in France whilst being in the center

offsite link ?This Yellow Vest carnage? more ?French exceptionalism? Wed Jul 24, 2019 00:15 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (cross-posted with PressTV by permission) (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009.

offsite link Iran ? Seizure of a British Tanker ? more than Tit for Tat Wed Jul 24, 2019 00:00 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog The British-flagged tanker ?Steno Impero?, heading for Saudi Arabia, was seized on Friday, 19 July 2019, by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),

offsite link The filigree blow dealt to the Arabian ?Patriot? highlighted the critical shortcomings of the AN/MPQ... Tue Jul 23, 2019 20:19 | The Saker
By Evgeny Damantsev Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard Source: https://topwar.ru/160248-fi... Recent information about the successful use of a kamikaze drone from the ?Samad-1/3? family (and, perhaps, the tactical

offsite link Iran has intercontinental drones, will use them if necessary: Navy chief Tue Jul 23, 2019 20:16 | The Saker
PressTV reports: This combination of image grabs created from a video broadcast by Iran?s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on July 19, 2019 shows footage obtained from an IRGC drone

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

offsite link NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights

offsite link US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Dublin - Event Notice
Saturday May 20 2017
02:30 PM

Screening of 'Gohatto' (1999)

category dublin | arts and media | event notice author Wednesday May 10, 2017 00:05author by Dublin Film Qlub Report this post to the editors

Season 7 of the Dublin Film Qlub, 'ADAPTATIONS’, continues with...
........

GOHATTO
=inspired by the short story "The Chrysanthemum Vow", by Ueda Akinari, of 1776=

(Dir. Nagisa Oshima, 1999).
Japanese with English subtitles
cast: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda

………………………………………………………

Saturday 20 May 2017
2:30 pm.
(doors open at 2pm)
The New Theatre
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Day Membership: €8
(free tea, coffee, and biscuits)

..............................................

“Though the willow comes early into leaf, will it withstand the first winds of autumn?”

--Ueda Akinari, “The Chrysanthemum Vow” (1776)

..............................................

Nagisha Oshima’s Gohatto is partly inspired by Ueda Akinari’s short story of 1776 “The Chrysanthemum Vow”, about two samurai warriors bound by their love for each other. One of them, Akana, leaves on a soldiery mission, promising to return home on the ninth day of the ninth moon (the day of the Chrysanthemum Festival). On the agreed day, Akana returns, but he refuses food and behaves strangely, and eventually confesses that he has become a ghost. During his trip, Akana had been imprisoned, and rather than break his vow and his beloved’s heart, he had killed himself, in order to keep his promise and return on the agreed day. Ueda Akinari’s parable of steadfast love was itself an adaptation from an old Chinese tale where the original characters were not samurai, so this version linked a lover’s loyalty to the honour-code of Japanese warriors. “The Chrysanthemum Vow” was published in a collection dealing with demonic, cruel, and neglectful heterosexual lovers, so in the book, as scholar Anthony Chambers has explained, thanks to our two samurai “erotic friendship between men . . . becomes a sort of model for human relationships’.

Rather unexpectedly, the film Gohatto is an erotic detective thriller set at the end of the feudalist Edo period. In the script, a new arrival in the imperial police, the beautiful and aloof (once again, Dorian-esque) young trainee Kanō, appears to be the embodiment of samurai values and skill, and the stupefying devotion he inspires in commanders and soldiers alike is a test to everyone’s self-control. The Chrysanthemum blossom was a symbol of gay male sexuality in Japan, hence the title of the original short story. In the film, a Chrysanthemum tree is only seen for a few (crucial) seconds, and there is no trace of ghosts, or of Samon and Akana’s tragic love. This is because Gohatto is concerned with the disappointing decadence of samurai ideals and samurai relevance in late nineteenth century Japan. The film, set one hundred years after the romantic idealism of “The Chrysanthemum Vow”, begins by nodding to Ueda Akinari’s story, and ends by decapitating it.

……………………

Film Qlub

© Dublin Film Qlub 2017
www.filmqlub.com

© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy