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Thanks to Naoto Yamakawa, Parco, Moe Shoji and Tony Rayns

Presented by Matchbox Cine as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network bfijapan.co.uk

Synopsis | The titular anti-hero takes a job at the Slaughterhouse Saloon, “an arena of dreams where characters, images and situations from popular culture are transmitted into something entirely new.” (Tony Rayns) There, Billy encounters dish-washer Marx Engels, femme-fatale Sharlotte Rampling (sic) and a range of cultural figures in new guises, including Harry Callahan, Bruce Springsteen and Jesus.

Background | The film has not been available anywhere with English subtitles, and hasn’t screened in the west at all, since its original, lauded festival run. This event marks its 35th anniversary with an all-new English translation.

A note on materials | The New Morning of Billy the Kid is screening from the best currently-available materials, which are derived from the Japanese commercial DVD. We hope that this screening (the first in the West for 30+ years) and our newly translated English subtitles (long since unavailable), will encourage further screenings, the re-discovery of the 35mm print once in festival circulation and/or, even better, a full restoration and release.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    110 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Naoto Yamakawa
  • Screenwriter
    Gen'ichirô Takahashi, Naoto Yamakawa
  • Cast
    Hiroshi Mikami
  • Cinematographer
    Kenji Takama
  • Editor
    Akira Suzuki
  • Production Design
    Terumi Hosoishi
  • Composer
    Shûichi Chino