Aug 29th 2019

Anatomy of a Fatality: Movie vs. Real Swordsmanship

@ International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610

Opening Thursday, August 29th, from 5:30PM - 8PM

On view through Thursday, August 29th

ANATOMY OF A FATALITY: Movie vs. Real Swordsmanship

Japanese swordsmanship is an often misunderstood practice and art form. In this edition of Anatomy of a Fatality, we will be taking a comparative look at some of the differences between cuts sustained in cinema sword fights compared to the actual damage the body can experience from similar sword cuts. We will also be dissecting some sword fights in classic Japanese film to illustrate some of the differences and similarities between movie and combative swordsmanship.


SEMINAR – Various clips from famous Japanese sword movie fights followed by a breakdown of the kind of injury those cuts would really cause in real life. This can also be followed by live demonstrations to show the angle and techniques involved to make the kinds of cuts seen in those move sword fights.

DEMONSTRATION – Explanation of cuts demonstrated by students. After the seminar, audience will follow presenters into the larger room for a demonstration of sword cutting. For this, we will provide a stand and tatami mats for traditional tameshigiri practice to show the ease at which it takes to cut off limbs.

After the program, stay to ask questions about samurai culture and swordsmanship, view historical Japanese swords, and enjoy Asian craft beer with Saboo!

*Those who have attended previous ‘Anatomy of a Fatality’ programs – please recall these events sell out QUICKLY. We strongly encourage those interested register ASAP. We hope to see some returning guests!

This event is a collaboration between the Japanese Culture Center, International Museum of Surgical Science, Japanese Arts Foundation, and Mugai Ryu Iaido!

*Doors will open at 5:30pm for this event. Please arrive no later than 6:00pm. Guests must be at least 21 years of age or older to attend this event and a valid ID will be required.

Due to the nature and subject matter of the presentation we stress that there may be some sections of the program that may be sensitive for some individuals. Nevertheless, we feel that understanding this component of Japanese history is valuable, and we hope that it helps everyone to achieve a greater respect for the Samurai and Japanese culture.

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