Kinuyo Tanaka workshop at University of Leeds

To coincide with Leeds International Film Festival’s retrospective on the Japanese actress and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka (full details of which can be found below), University of Leeds Centre for World Cinemas is proud to host a companion Tanaka workshop on Saturday, November 3rd. The following speakers and papers have been confirmed for the event:
  • Dr. Alexander Jacoby (Oxford Brookes University) – ‘Meetings and Partings: How Tanaka’s Films End’
  • Lauri Kitsnik (University of Cambridge) – ‘Dancer, Doctor, Virgin, Wife: early star image of Kinuyo Tanaka’
  • Irene Gonzales (SOAS) – ‘Kinuyo Tanaka, Film Director’
  • Michael Smith (University of Leeds) – ‘An Introduction to Kinuyo Tanaka’
The event will be held at Room 1.08, Parkinson Building from 12pm and will be followed by a rare screening of The Eternal Breasts (Kinuyo Tanaka, 1955) at 17:30 in the ICS Cinema (LT 2.31),  Clothworkers North Building. Refreshments will be provided.
Registration for the workshop and screening is free but a reservation must be made by mailing  All are welcome!
Kinuyo Tanaka retrospective at Leeds International Film Festival

While Kinuyo Tanaka (1909-77) is widely recognised as one of the greatest actresses in the history of her nation’s cinema, a lesser known fact is that she was also the first Japanese woman to build a body of work as a filmmaker in her own right. Leeds International Film Festival’s retrospective aims to remedy this by presenting two of Kinuyo Tanaka’s rarely-screened directorial works alongside a selection of her finest performances in films by three of the masters of Japanese cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse. Curated by Centre for World Cinemas (University of Leeds)/Mixed Cinema Network research student Michael Smith, the retrospective both celebrates and sheds new light on the career of a figure of significant importance to world cinema history.


For tickets, please visit or call the box office on 0113 224 3801. Full details of the films can be found below.


Film Dates and Times


  •          Mother(Okaasan, Mikio Naruse, 1952, 35mm)

                   Sunday 4th November, 13:45

                   Hyde Park Picture House




  •          Sansho the Bailiff(Sansho Dayu, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954, 35mm)

                   Monday 5th November, 14:30

                   Hyde Park Picture House


                   Wednesday 7th November, 18:30

                   Hyde Park Picture House




  •          A Hen in the Wind(Kaze no naka no mendori, Yasujiro Ozu, 1948, 16mm)

                   Friday 2nd November, 17:30

                   Hyde Park Picture House


                   Monday 5th November, 17:00

                   Hyde Park Picture House




  •          The Eternal Breasts (Chibusa yo eien nare, Kinuyo Tanaka, 1955, 35mm)

                   Friday 9th November, 18:00

                   Hyde Park Picture House




  •          Girls of Dark(Onna bakari no yoru, Kinuyo Tanaka, 1961, 35mm)

                   Saturday 10th November, 18:30 

                   Hyde Park Picture House


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