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With the centennial of his birth this year, Promethean director Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008) is due for a revival. The upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival is accordingly screening three of his films in its new Japanese Cinema Classics section.

One is “Enjo” (“Conflagration”), a 1958 film based on a Yukio Mishima novel that was in turn inspired by a true incident: In 1950 a mentally disturbed novice monk set fire to Kyoto’s Temple of the Golden Pavilion, an architectural and cultural treasure, and it burned to the ground. Among the best of Ichikawa’s many literary adaptations, the film delves into the consequences of private sins leading to indictable crimes — one of his signature themes. TIFF will premiere a digitally restored 4K print of the film.

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