San Sebastian to explore Japan's dark side

Film-noir classics screening in festival sidebar

MADRID -- More than 40 Japanese film-noir classics will unspool at the upcoming San Sebastian Film Festival -- from Daisuke Ito's silent era "A Diary of Chuji's Travels" to Masato Harada's "Jabaku: Spellbound," released less than a decade ago.

Described by organizers as "one of the genre's most ambitious showcases," the Japan in Black retrospective will also feature movies by masters such as Akira Kurosawa, Shohei Imamura and Takashi Miike.

The fest runs Sept. 18-27 in the northern Spanish seaside resort city.