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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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DIRECTOR: Kaneto Shindo - JAPAN

This late-life masterpiece—his 49th film—won writer/director Shindo the Tokyo Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and is this year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. A powerful and moving anti-war film driven by Shindo’s own experience, it focuses on the impact of World War II at home. Toward the war’s end, 100 middle-aged Japanese soldiers are ordered to the frontlines. Expecting that he will not return, one soldier, Sadazo, leaves a postcard from his wife Tomoko with his bunkmate, Matsuyama, asking that he let her know he appreciated it. Matsuyama is one of only six men who survive from his unit. By the time he finally arrives at Tomoko’s home to deliver Sadazo’s message, both of them have been through unspeakable tragedy. In scenes filled with both rage and humor, the two survivors begin to find a way to live with their despair. (114 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Children of Hiroshima (52), The Naked Island (60), Onibaba (64), Kuroneko (68), Live Today, Die Tomorrow (70), Edo Porn (81).

Sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Portland.


Interests: Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature, Asian, History.

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