Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
- Thursday, May 26, 22:30 Mal Seh'n
- Sunday, May 29, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal
Ryuzo to shichinin no kobuntachi
- Japan 2015, DCP, 110 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
- Director & Script: Takeshi KITANO
- Production: Office Kitano, Bandai Visual, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
- Camera: Katsumi YANAGIJIMA
- World sales: Celluloid Dreams
- Cast: Beat Takeshi, Tatsuya FUJI, Masaomi KONDO, Akira NAKAO, Toru SHINAGAWA
- German premiere
- Competition Nippon Cinema Award
Former yakuza boss Ryuzo is living a boring life in retirement. After a new generation of gangsters starts to terrorize what used to be Ryuzo’s turf, he assembles his former brothersinarms, leading to a showdown between the old and the young. Marking a return to his comedy roots, Takeshi KITANO deals with the subject of an aging society through the lens of his favorite genre, the yakuza film.
Takeshi KITANO, born in Tokyo in 1947, is a film director, actor, author, presenter, painter and comedian. His directing debut VIOLENT COP (1989) was a huge hit on the international scene, and KITANO's followup features such as HANABI (1997) have earned him numerous prizes on the festival circuit. Since 2005 he has been teaching at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
1989 Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki); 1993 Sonatine; 1997 Hanabi; 1999 Kikujiro (Kikujiro no natsu); 2002 Dolls (NC ’03); 2003 Zatoichi (NC ’04); 2010 Outrage; 2012 Outrage Beyond (NC ’13)