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永い言い訳

The Long Excuse (March Monthly Screening)

Celebrity author Sachio and his supportive wife Natsuko have an amicable marriage that lacks passion. While Natsuko dies in a bus accident, Sachio is in bed with a younger woman. Forced to play the role of a grieving widower in front of media, he is more shocked by his emotional disconnect to her death. Unable to muster any genuine sadness for his wife’s passing, he’s at a loss for how to proceed with his life.

Eventually he meets Yoichi, whose wife perished in the same bus accident. Unlike Sachio, Yoichi is devastated and in denial. For unfathomable reasons Sachio volunteers to help take care of Yoichi’s children while their father is out working long hours as a truck driver. He discovers the pleasure of being useful, and his own existence takes on new meaning. Written and directed by Miwa Nishikawa this touching drama received huge applause at the Toronto International Film Festival and Rome Film Festival.

Featuring stellar acting by Masahiro Motoki (Departures) Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu and Haru Kuroki.e.

Thursday, March 30 @ 7pm / 124min

In Japanese with English subtitles

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グッドモーニングショー

GOOD MORNING SHOW
(April Monthly Screening)

In writer/director Ryoichi Kimizuka’s new hit comedy, Shingo (Kiichi Nakai) is a host for the popular morning TV show "Good Morning Show." One morning Shingo wakes up at 3am as usual, only to becomes involved in a quarrel between his wife and son. Shingo arrives at the broadcasting station and co-host Keiko (Masami Nagasawa) demands that he reveal their romantic relationship live on air. Making things even worse, the producer informs Shingo that the show is about to be cancelled. As if his day isn’t complicated enough, a story breaks that a man with a shotgun is holding hostages at a cafe and is demanding Shingo come to the scene as a negotiator!!!

Very funny with a deep streak of empathy for its characters, Good Morning Show delivers a very good evening at the movies. Also starring Mirai Shida, Saburo Tokito, Gaku Hamada, Yo Yoshida and Yutaka Matsushige.

Thursday, April 27 @ 7pm / 103min

In Japanese with English subtitles

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海よりもまだ深く

AFTER THE STORM
(May Monthly Screening)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Latest Masterpiece Comes to the JCCC

Gentle and melancholy yet surprisingly amusing, the latest film by celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Like father Like Son) focuses on Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a failed writer, thirdrate detective, and no-luck gambler who has become separated from his wife and young son. When a typhoon strikes one night, the broken family is forced to spend the night together at the home of Ryota's mother, where the ensuing interaction — free of melodrama or forced catharsis — is tender, bittersweet, and quietly incisive, in true Kore-eda style.

A bit hit at TIFF this is one of the best films of 2016. With Kirin Kiki, Yoko Maki and Satomi Kobayashi.

Thursday, May 18 @ 7pm / 108min

In Japanese with English subtitles

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