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Man Slashes Movie Screen in Protest

May 30, 1993

TOKYO (AP) _ A man protesting the work of a Japanese director slashed a movie screen Sunday during a showing of the latest release from the filmmaker, who was attacked last year by gangsters.

Kazuhiro Yamazaki, 25, told investigators he damaged the movie screen with a knife to protest desecration of the Japanese flag in the anti-gangster movie ″Mimbo no Onna″ (Mob-Fighting Woman), directed by Juzo Itami.

Police said the man was a member of a small rightist organization that had opposed the film’s distribution. The film does not contain any scene in which the flag is openly abused.

In May 1992, Itami was slashed in the face near his home a week after ″Minbo no Onna″ was released. Later, police arrested five gangsters.

The film depicts a struggle between a female lawyer and a crime syndicate trying to extort money from a hotel owner. While many movies have romanticized the life of Japanese gangsters, ″Mimbo no Onna″ was sharply critical.

Another Itami film was showing Sunday when Yamazaki rushed from his seat and cut a 29-foot slash across the screen, a police official said.

Four theater workers caught Yamazaki, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. About 400 people were watching the film.

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