MOD FUCK EXPLOSION: the films of Jon Moritsugu

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 8:00 pm

2276 E16th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Digital intro by curator Wendy Yao of Ooga Booga and a pre-show conversation between Jon Moritsugu and Kim Yutani, director of programming at Sundance Film Festival.

In 1994, Jon Moritsugu’s MOD FUCK EXPLOSION ran for 13 sold out weeks on the midnight bill at West Hollywood's Sunset 5. The film chronicles London, a girl looking for meaning - or at least a leather jacket - who unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a turf war between the Mods and the bikers. Winner of the best feature award at the New York Underground Film Festival with an LP soundtrack (featuring Unrest + Karyo Tengoko) that became an instant indie record store staple, Dirty Looks is thrilled to return to screens, both on and offline with the film(s) of Jon Moritsugu.

As DL curator, Wendy Yao writes, "pulling from tropes of midcentury teen exploitation films, disaffected teenage rebellion, sexual confusion and frustration, the classic mods vs rockers showdown, degraded B-movie aesthetics, subverting Asian stereotypes and shatters model minority myths to their most absurd and hilarious conclusions. The comical dissonance of un-synced voices and exaggerated gestures dubbed over leather punk Asian bad boys in place of the kung fu master created a sharply empowered parody of Yellow Peril."

Collaborating with Cathode TV, an archival screening entity, we will present 13 of Moritsugu’s films virtually on June 17th at 8pm PST (encore screening at presented the following morning).

And for those Angelenos hoping to hit the streets, we’re offering our first flesh screening in 18 months in the lot at Night Gallery, at 8pm PST.

Curated by Wendy Yao of Ooga Booga for Dirty Looks: On Location 2020. This program was supported by grants from the City of West Hollywood, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.