Japan Society to screen Yasuzo Masumara’s “Afraid to Die”

Japan Society will be celebrating the English translation of Yukio Mishima’s novella “Star”, based directly on his experience starring in Yasuzo Masumara’s film “Afraid to Die” with a 35mm screening of the film on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7pm.

Clad in a black leather jacket, renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima struts and preens as a small-time yakuza underboss in this oddity of postwar Japanese cinema directed by Yasuzo Masumura. Fresh out of jail and hiding out above a rundown Tokyo movie theater, the unsympathetic tough is hounded by a rival gang and an asthmatic killer-for-hire as he struggles to reconcile his criminal life with a newfound love interest (Ayako Wakao). “Afraid to Die” screens in celebration of a brand new English translation of Mishima’s 1961 novella Star (New Directions Publishing, 2019), a fictionalized account of his experience working on Masumura’s film.

The screening will be introduced by Star
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