See these films: The Masterworks of Kaneto Shindo at the HFA

Born in 1912, he's probably the oldest Japanese director you've never heard of, making the Masterworks of Kaneto Shindo at the HFA essential viewing. The films include Shindo's harrowing and controversial Children of Hiroshima (1952; 7 pm), an uncompromising look at the A-bombing of Japan; his masterpiece, Onibaba (1964; 9 pm) a Marxist parable about social breakdown set in medieval Japan; and his most recent film, Postcard (2010; May 30 @ 7 pm ), an autobiographical drama about a Japanese soldier who sends his wife the title missive as he's shipped out to the Pacific in World War II. The Archive is in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | $9; $7 students, seniors | 617.495.4700 or

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