This program of Japanese low-budget films features eccentric black comedies, avant-garde animation, and underground cyberpunk films that have become cult classics.
Garage Screen. Japanese B Movies is part of the public program for Takashi Murakami’s exhibition Under the Radiation Falls and includes five films of different genres, style and mood, created by one of the oldest film industries, known for producing some of the most radical B movies (films produced on low budgets and without involvement of big studios).
Cheap visual effects, trash aesthetics, absurdist jokes, rivers of blood, shameless kawaii, and kitsch—the space of cultural and cinematic clichés, B movies also often become the platform for the boldest experiments that have the potential to add to the language of the big screen, enriching it with new techniques and ideas. Camp and grotesque imagery, unconventional humour, and other expressive excesses also offer a safe opportunity to revisit the delicate aspects of Japanese history, culture, and national identity.