Castle Under Fiery Skies at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

Fans of foreign films and historical dramas won't want to miss this special event, a one night only showing of the Japanese epic "Castle Under Fiery Skies" (Katen no shiro) at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. This is a recent release (2009) and isn't available on DVD, so I don't know much more about it than what I read in the event notice. However, that- and the youtube trailer you can watch if you follow the link- are more than enough to convince me this is a movie that cries out to be seen on the big screen. Meetup time is 6:30 and we'll meet in the lobby in front of the box office. The movie starts at 7. Tickets are a bargain at $5. The film is presented by the Japan-America Society of Indiana. From the
event page: Castle under Fiery Skies transports us to 1576 Japan, the height of the Warring States period. Lord Oda Nobunaga, who controls much of the country, orders temple carpenter Mataemon to build him a five-story castle in three short years, a desperate measure to maintain a fragile peace. Construction advances, but persistent obstacles block the path to the castle's completion. Will he be able to accomplish his mission and realize Nobunaga's great ambition? Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka, Japan, 2009 Japanese with English subtitles, 139 minutes

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  • Vicki

    Wonderful movie. Very intriguing characters that really got to you. I'm so glad I went to see it.

    October 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent movie! I wouldn't have appreciated some of the fine points without the informed discussion afterwards.

    October 19, 2010

  • Jeannie

    Excellent movie!

    October 16, 2010

  • Helen

    Casting skilled artisans as the main characters made for an interesting and unusual perspective on the late-Warring States period. It was intriguing also as a meditation on nation-building through the metaphor of constructing Nobunaga's castle. Can certainly be enjoyed by anyone as a character drama, although knowing the basic cultural-historic context helps in appreciating the underlying themes. Too bad it was DVD projection, but still wonderful to see it on the big screen, especially as the visual representations of scale (people-nature-castle) are central.

    October 15, 2010

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