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I Am a Cat

July 12 at 12:00
East Building Auditorium

Natsume Sōseki’s classic 1905 novel I Am a Cat (Wagahai wa Neko de Aru) portrays middle-class humans from a Meiji period cat’s point of view. In Kon Ichikawa’s madcap film adaptation, charismatic actor Tatsuya Nakadai stars as the lead, an indolent and scatterbrained middle school teacher called Kushami. When the film opened, a New York Times reviewer praised the performance of the cat who, for a while, keeps a feline sweetheart — “though his affair goes no better than those of everyone else in the story.” (Kon Ichikawa, 1975, 35mm, subtitles, 116 minutes)

©1975 courtesy Geiensha

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