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Films & Schedules - JAPAN

GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

DIRECTOR: MIZUHO NISHIKUBO - JAPAN

After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the lives of brothers Junpei and Kanta are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies their small island of Shikotan, and they must work to keep their family together while struggling to understand an unfamiliar culture. Their new friend Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother, but it’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from their home. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a beautifully...

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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...

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THE LITTLE HOUSE

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE LITTLE HOUSE

DIRECTOR: YOJI YAMADA - JAPAN

When Takeshi’s unmarried great-aunt Taki passes away, he goes to her house with his family to help clean up her belongings. There, they discover a memoir that Taki had been writing, documenting her experiences as housemaid for the well-to-do Hirai family during World War II. Compelled to learn more about his great-aunt, Takeshi begins to read. As he does, he discovers the source of the regret and sadness that Taki had taken with her to the grave. “In the masterful hands of Yamada, this simple tale of family secrets and scandalous love triangles, adapted from a best-selling novel by Kyoko...

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R100

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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R100

DIRECTOR: HITOSHI MATSUMOTO - JAPAN

From the director of Big Man Japan comes this edgy, absurd, and whip-smart dark comedy, featuring the best use of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” since Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Facing down potential familial tragedy, a lonely man named Takafumi explores the edges of his own repressed sexual desire by hiring the services of a secretive S&M club. Without any warning, a leather-clad dominatrix may appear at any time or place and humiliate and beat him to gratification. All the while, our quiet department store clerk struggles to balance fatherhood, work, and the need to not be caught. Writer-director Hitoshi Matsumoto...

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