American Cinematheque is presenting “Yakuza-Palooza: Chris D.’s Guide to Japanese Gangster Films” at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
A double feature on Friday, June 28, will include an introduction by Chris D., who will sign his new book, “Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films, 1955-1980,” in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
• “Everything Goes Wrong” (1960, 72 minutes), directed by Seijun Suzuki. With its dynamic camerawork and deftly intercut storylines, this little-known gem blends the energy of the pulpiest juvenile-delinquent flicks with the angst of “Rebel Without a Cause.” Disillusioned by his parents, Jiro (Tamio Kawaji) takes to the streets with friends, their petty crimes gradually escalating to a devastating climax. Yoshiko Nezu is mesmerizing as the girl smitten with the swaggering Jiro. (Japanese title: “Subete ga Kurutteru” すべてが狂ってる)
• “Killers on Parade” or “My Face Red in the Sunset” (1961, 82 minutes), directed by Masahiro Shinoda. This stylistically audacious action comedy-drama stars Yusuke Kawazu as a gifted but green hired gunman who falls for one of his targets, a young reporter (Shima Iwashita) whose exposés of shady business dealings have turned the heat up on local yakuza. But the crime bosses also have put back-up assassins on her trail – though they have some trouble hitting their mark. (Japanese title: “Yuhi ni Akai Ore no Kao” 夕日に赤い俺の顔)
Tickets are $11 general, $7 for Cinematheque members, $9 for seniors (65 and over) and students with valid ID. For more information, call (323) 466-3456 visit www.americancinematheque.com.