Past Event

Kurosawa's Rashomon: a Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice inside his Iconic Films

June 12, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On June 12, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to a book launch of the Kurosawa's Rashomon, simplified Chinese edition, and to explore Kurosawa's world.

In this sensitive investigation of Kurosawa's life, film and war-ridden Japan, Paul Anderer focused on forces that shaped Kurosawa's art, and provided us with an entangling portrait of the director. 

Kurosawa's Rashomon burrowed into the unobserved relevance between Kurosawa's iconic films and those catastrophes both public and private, Anderer probed of Rashomon effect of Kurosawa's era and illuminated the moral and aesthetic consciousness of Kurosawa's films by use of a strategy similar to Kurosawa's.  

Kurosawa's Rashomon is as much emblematic of postwar Japan's moral predicament as a metaphor for the shadows of our present, it encourages the readers (audience) today to revisit Kurosawa's heritage to gain power and momentum like the woodcutter and Kurosawa's other characters.



Paul Anderer 

Professor Anderer joined the Columbia faculty in 1980. From 1989 until 1997, he was the chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has also served the University as Vice Provost for International Relations, as Associate Vice-President for Academic Planning and Global Initiatives in the Arts and Sciences, and as Acting Dean of the Graduate School.

He has written numerous articles exploring the culture of the city (Tokyo) and Japanese modernity. His work has been awarded support from the NEH, the SSRC, and the Fulbright Commission. He is currently writing a book on the black and white films of Kurosawa Akira, in their relationship to the Japanese post-war and to the era of silent film-making.


  • The event will be in English.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the program. Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

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