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Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Deep within the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence. An ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, this chilling folktale is a singular cinematic experience. Description by Janus Films.
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.
Part of the series Monthly Matinees: Japanese Classics. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a screening of a classic Japanese film. Whether you’re seeing them for the first time or revisiting old favorites, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in Japan’s rich cinematic history than seeing these masterpieces on the big screen.