Film: “Mori, the Artist’s Habitat”

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2 PM

In the last thirty years of his long life, reclusive artist Morikazu Kumagai (1880–1977), a.k.a. Mori, almost never left his Ikebukuro home. Instead, he took pleasure in observing the cats, fish, birds, and insects living in his luxuriant garden, eventually rendering them in his distinctive paintings. Featuring a colorful cast headlined by screen legends Tsutomu Yamazaki (Tampopo) and Kirin Kiki (Shoplifters), this delightful, offbeat comedy imagines a day in the life of Mori and Hideko, his wife of over fifty years. They entertain a throng of welcome and unwelcome visitors, including a pair of condo developers whose presence signals the end of an era. Description adapted from the Japan Society. (Dir.: Shuichi Okita, Japan, 2018, 99 min., DCP, Japanese with English subtitles)

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free