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Films & Schedules - Asian

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

DIRECTOR: David Gelb - UNITED STATES

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi,...

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LET THE BULLETS FLY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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LET THE BULLETS FLY

DIRECTOR: Jiang Wen - CHINA

In remote 1920s Warlord China, a gang of bandits, led by “Pocky” Zhang (Jiang Wen), hijack a train that happens to have the destination town’s new governor on board. When the train crashes, the lone survivors are the governor’s sleazy advisor (Ge You) and his wife (Carina Lau). Zhang, an honorable outlaw, decides to pose as the new governor and share the fortune from the hijacking with the townspeople. But ruthless mobster Master Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) aims to stop Zhang’s scheme, launching an epic battle of both wits and bullets. As action-packed as it is hilarious, Jiang Wen’s film is...

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MR. TREE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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MR. TREE

DIRECTOR: Han Jie - CHINA

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Shanghai Film Festival, Mr. Tree is at once an offbeat character study about a village idiot who might just be a prophet, and a sly, comedic commentary on rampant urbanization in China. The film charts a year in the life of Mr. Shu (a.k.a. Tree), a man whose life allegorically mirrors the social and economic development of his hometown. Shu loses his job after a workplace accident, the start of events that offer unique insight into the ties between local leaders, families, workers, businessmen, and even the past and future. “You’ve probably...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 PM (Cinemagic)
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NORWEGIAN WOOD

DIRECTOR: Tran Anh Hung - JAPAN

Set in the late ’60s when Tokyo universities were rife with political unrest, Watanabe is a student whose deepening relationship with the emotionally fragile Naoko is haunted by the specter of a past tragedy. Caught between her emotional and then geographical retreat and the expanding world of college life, Watanabe’s loyalty is tested by adventurous best friend and dilettante Nagasawa and the enchanting and strikingly independent Midori. The themes of awakening, loss, and melancholy that ripple through both the novel and the Beatles song from which it derives its name are perfectly accentuated by an evocative score from Jonny Greenwood...

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POSTCARD

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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POSTCARD

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...

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