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5/30/12 Update: Japanese film director Kaneto Shindo has reportedly died at his home in Tokyo, according to his office. He was 100.
Eleven rare Japanese films directed by Kaneto Shindo will be screened in Brooklyn starting on Friday. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has organized the retrospective, along with actor and producer (and longtime Shindo fan) Benicio Del Toro. All Things Considered Host Amy Eddings spoke to Del Toro about how he so got so into Shindo's films and what he's up to in the coming months.
The Shindo retrospective at BAM, "The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo," runs from April 22 to May 5. Shindo's haunting narrative feature "Children of Hiroshima," a 1953 film about the havoc wrought in Hiroshima by the atomic bomb, will be screened. It has never before been shown in the U.S. A new 35-millimeter print of "The Naked Island," a 1960 film that looks at a farming family who works hard to subsist on a Japanese island, will also be screened.
On Friday, Kaneto Shindo’s 99th birthday, Del Toro will speak with Shindo's son, Jiro, before the 6:50 P.M. screening of "The Naked Island." All proceeds from the event will go to Japan earthquake relief.
Click here for a schedule of the films or check out a video of Del Toro talking with Shindo below.