• “Kanikôsen”

75 years after he was tortured to death at age 29 by Japanese secret police for his Communist Party organizing, writer Takiji Kobayashi has made an unlikely comeback.

His 1929 novel Kanikôsen, about insurrection aboard an oppressive Imperial crab fishing boat veering into hostile Russian waters, was adapted into a successful manga in 2006, and the novel was a bestseller when it was reissued last year, buoyed by a decade of unemployment and malaise for Japanese youth.

The new, second film version of Kanikôsen screens Monday 10/19 and Tuesday 10/20 in the Chicago International Film Festival.