The Michigan Theater Launches
Exclusive New Film Series,

Ann Arbor, MI - The Michigan Theater, in partnership with the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, launches an exclusive new film series, KURO: The Dark Edge of Japanese Film- making, on Monday, January 16 at 7 PM at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

The series is specially curated by the Michigan Theater and begins with a screening of the Akira Kurosawa classic suspense thriller High and Low, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film and Winner of Best Film at the Mainichi Film Concours in Japan when it was released in 1964.

Still from “Tokyo Drifter”, playing Jan. 23

The 10-week series takes place each Monday night at the Michigan Theater, from January 16 through March 20, and brings the genre of Noir and its underworld of crime and suspense through the lens of some of Japan’s most prolific filmmakers who have delivered what we know consider classics to the silver screen.

Still from “A Fugitive from the Past”, playing Feb. 23

Select films will be introduced by UM professors versed in the medium and / or culture from both UMCJS and the UM Screen Arts and Cultures, giving viewers insight into the captivating world of Japanese intrigue, yakuza, revenge and redemption.

Still from “Dragnet Girl”, playing March 6

Additional series support comes from Nagomi Sushi Downtown, who will host monthly menu samplings on-site plus offer exclusive discounts to film attendees on their signature line of Japanese sake (rice wine) at their location on Liberty St. Additional offers will be revealed from their location in the weeks ahead, all to help foster continued discussion of the films in the series, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Michigan and State Theaters.

Still from “The World of Kanako”, our series finale playing Mar. 20

To add to the KURO experience, the Michigan Theater concession stand will sell a limited-time only selection of imported concession items from Japan, offering film-goers the opportunity to sample some of the favorite movie treats enjoyed by Japanese audiences.

Tickets are available in advance by visiting  

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