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Films & Schedules - THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

DIRECTOR: MIPO O - JAPAN

This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the winner of the Best Director award at the Montreal World Film Festival, O’s film is set in the grittiest fringes of Hokkaido, a port town in a permanent polluted haze. The traumatized Tatsuo spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking to oblivion. At a smoke-filled pachinko bar, he meets Takuji, a brash blonde teen parolee, who impulsively invites him to the seaside hovel she shares with her bedridden father, careworn mother, and world-weary older sister Chinatsu. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a relationship, a ray of light in their hopeless world, the happy go lucky Takuji latches on to Tatsuo with unforeseen consequences.

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Sponsored by the Consular Office of Japan in Portland and Shigezo Restaurant.

120 Minutes    

Interests: Oscar Submissions.

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