Yumeji (夢二) (1991)

  • October 22, 2023 | 2:00 PM - 4:10 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


Sorry, this event is expired and no longer available.
Share This Event

This screening will be preceded by an introduction by Nozomi Naoi, Associate Professor of Art History at Yale-NUS College. To learn more about the artist Takehisa Yumeji, do click here

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Runtime: 128 min
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Rating: M18


The life of renowned painter and poet Takehisa Yumeji is fantastically interpreted in this final entry in Seijun Suzuki’s Taisho trilogy—made ten years after his last film. Played by rock star Kenji Sawada, Yumeji’s iconoclastic life and art are distilled through a fictitious premise, wherein he falls for an alluring widow, whose murdered husband returns from the dead.

“Yumeji’s Theme” most fondly remembered as the iconic track featured in Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love was written for this film by composer Shigeru Umebayashi.


About the Writer

Nozomi Naoi is Associate Professor of Art History at Yale-NUS College with joint appointment at the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2014. She specializes in modern Japanese art and visual culture and is the author of Yumeji Modern: Designing the Everyday in Twentieth-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2020; awarded the Honorable Mention for the John Whitney Hall Prize 2022). She is preparing her second book, Modern Design and the Japanese Department Store (under advance contract with MIT Press) and is also co-curator of “Made in Japan: 20th-Century Poster Art” (Poster House Museum, New York, 2023).



For the full Retrospective: Seijun Suzuki programme, please click here.

Friends of AFA members, please read the membership guide on how to purchase your discounted tickets and redeem your complimentary tickets.

Oldham Theatre’s opening hours

For further assistance, please contact us at ticketing@asianfilmarchive.org 

Important Notice:
Do note that Oldham Theatre operates on a free seating arrangement. Doors will open 20 minutes before showtime so arrive early to choose a seat and avoid disrupting the screenings as AFA does not play ads and screenings will start promptly.
All patrons are encouraged to purchase your tickets online. If you choose to purchase tickets or merchandise at Oldham Theatre’s box office, cashless payment is preferred.
Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons at Oldham Theatre. Mask-wearing is optional as of 29 August 2022.

Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), Senior Citizens (55 years and above) only.
Please check film ratings before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well). Only physical photographic identification is allowed, digital copies of identification are not allowed. AFA reserves the right to turn away any members of the public without physical photographic identification.
Upon confirmation of your order for Tickets, no exchange of Tickets will be made under any circumstances and Tickets are not transferable. No refund on Tickets will be made under any circumstances except due to cancellation of the event. The resale of Tickets at any price is prohibited.