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This piece was made for an exhibition held at the Floating World Gallery in Portland curated by Sloane Leong. Based loosely around yakuza/crime n… Read More
This piece was made for an exhibition held at the Floating World Gallery in Portland curated by Sloane Leong. Based loosely around yakuza/crime noir films by directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Takeshi Miike, Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki, Yukio Mishima, Sogo Ishii and Shinya Tsukamoto, the show featured several artists take on the Yakuza genre. As a genre, yakuza films are divided into two subsets: ninkyo-eiga or “chivarly films” featuring honorable outlaws caught between duty and compassion. Then there is jisturoku-eiga, the modern yakuza films which feature the stifling brutality of a life of crime. The artists and writers in this show will explore and pay homage to this powerful and unique genre. My piece is a GratNin take on the Yakuza theme. It’s a movie poster for a film that never existed. An episode of Zatoichi subtitled Rising Sun Blues. It stars Nina Simone as a fated gambler drawn back to the infamous Rising Sun Gambling house. When a genius swordsman needs money to buy medicine for his ill lover, he takes a contract to collect the bakuto debts from the elusive Nina or return with her head. Drifting, blind, busking swordsman, Blind Lemon Jefferson is the only thing between Dylan’s sword and the sweet voiced, pioni fregrance’d Nina he meets while hustling the bakuto at the Rising Sun. Read Less
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