Film Lineup 2017

FUELED – THE MAN CALLED PIRATE (海賊とよばれた男)  HIMEANOLE (ヒメアノ~ル) BIRTHDAY WISHES (バースデーカード) CHIHAYAFULU PART I (ちはやふる 上の句) SAMURAI HUSTLE RETURNS (超高速! 参勤交代 リターンズ) RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT (ルドルフとイッパイアッテナ) MIDNIGHT DINER (深夜食堂)  THE ONDEKOZA (ざ・鬼太鼓座)   THE HONNOUJI HOTEL (本能寺ホテル)  WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! (家族はつらいよ) DANCHI (The Projects) (団地) WHAT’S FOR DINNER, MOM? (ママ、ごはんまだ?)  SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ)  SURVIVAL FAMILY (サバイバルファミリー)  THE FLOWER AND THE SWORD (花戦さ)  RAGE (怒り)   CHIHAYAFURU PART II (ちはやふる 下の句) MIDNIGHT DINER 2 (続・深夜食堂)  

FUELED – THE MAN CALLED PIRATE (海賊とよばれた男)

Runtime: 145 min / 2016
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Starring:  Junichi Okada, Haruka Ayase, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shota Sometani, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kaoru Kobayashi
Canadian Premiere

The team who created The Eternal Zero returns with an epic story of Japan’s post-war rebuilding.

Based on a true story, oil company president Tetsuzo Kunioka believes Japanese resurgence must be fueled by oil not coal. With a workforce decimated by the war, and foreign governments sealing oil transportation routes, a desperate Tetsuzo risks international incident by commandeering a large scale oil tanker and sending a secret mission to Iran, earning himself the moniker “pirate.”
A thrilling epic adventure and study of the Japanese spirit of resiliency featuring an all-star cast.

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SCOOP! (スクープ!)

Runtime: 120 min / 2016
Director:  Hitoshi Ohne
Starring:  Masaharu Fukuyama, Fumi Nikaido. Yo Yoshida, Lily Franky
North American Premiere

In this hit suspense comedy, once respected photojournalist Shizuka has fallen on hard times and now makes a living as a paparazzi chasing celebrity scandals. When his old boss sends him on an important assignment she demands he take along straight-laced, novice reporter Nobi as a partner. The sleazy, untrustworthy Shizuka wants nothing to do with it until they start to land big stories and magazine sales skyrocket. When Shizuka and Nobi find themselves on the verge of one of the greatest scoops in Japan’s history, the stakes – and danger levels – spike and Shizuka and Nobi’s relationship is tested in an intense and thrilling climax.

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HIMEANOLE (ヒメアノ~ル)HIMEANOLE (ヒメアノ~ル)

Runtime: 99 min / 2016
Director:  Keisuke Yoshida
Starring:  Gaku Hamada, Tsuyoshi Muro, Aimi Satsukawa, Go Morita
Canadian Premiere

A sad-sack window washer and his buddy fall for the same girl in a café and so begins a gentle, quirky tale of romantic competition. But lurking in the shadows is another competitor for her affection – a psychotic killer with a backstory and a connection neither of them can fathom. What starts out as a charming romantic comedy soon takes a deranged turn into a shockingly dark and violent thriller.

Keisuke Yoshida’s critical acclaimed film – with its adorably funny first half and disturbing blood-soaked nightmare of a second act – must be seen to be believed.

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BIRTHDAY WISHES (バースデーカード)BIRTHDAY WISHES (バースデーカード)

Runtime: 123 min / 2016
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Starring:  Ai Hashimoto, Aoi Miyazaki, Yusuke Santamaria, Shosuke Tanihara, Kenta Suga, Tae Kimura
North American Premiere

Shy, vulnerable Noriko loses her mother Yoshie to illness when she is only 10-years-old. As she grows up and must deal with the realities of adulthood she agonizes over relationships with friends, love and marriage. But Yoshie continues to prove a gentle guiding hand in her daughter’s life in the form of letters, written before her death, that arrive on Noriko’s doorstep once a year.

This beautiful, heartwarming film celebrates the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

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CHIHAYAFULU PART I (ちはやふる 上の句)CHIHAYAFULU PART I (ちはやふる 上の句)

Runtime: 111 min / 2016
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Starring: Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister), Mone Kamishiraishi (Lady Maiko), Shuhei Nomura (Flying Colors)
Toronto Premiere

Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for competitive karuta (a traditional Japanese card game based on classic poetry). After Arata moves to the country, Taichi parted ways with the game, but Chihaya continues to play – hoping they’ll be reunited at the national championships.

As they enter high school, the bubbly Chihaya convinces reluctant Taichi to start a competitive karuta club. Full of youthful energy and enthusiasm, they start to recruit new members to play the mentally and physically demanding card game…

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SAMURAI HUSTLE RETURNS (超高速! 参勤交代 リターンズ)SAMURAI HUSTLE RETURNS (超高速! 参勤交代 リターンズ)

Runtime: 119 min / 2016
Director: Katsuhide Motoki
Starring:  Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kyoko Fukada, Yuri Chinen
Canadian Premiere

The Samurai Hustle gang are back for another wild mix of action, heroism and laughter!
During the Edo Period, it was mandatory for feudal lords to perform expensive procession marches – called Sankin Kotai – to pay respect to the shogun. Penniless country bumpkins Lord Naito of Yunagawa and his samurai have just managed to complete their ritual visit. After surviving the journey, and even finding a wife, Naito has every reason to celebrate. But news of their villages being ravaged by rebels prompt the men to swiftly return home to Yunagawa in order to save their land. They must hike up their kimonos and sprint all the way home in 2 days! When their old nemesis, Lord Nobutoki, reappears it becomes clear they stand to lose more than just farmland. Will Naito and his crew be able to thwart the treacherous Nobutoki’s plans and protect their villagers?
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RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT (ルドルフとイッパイアッテナ)RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT (ルドルフとイッパイアッテナ)

Runtime: 89 min / 2016
Director: Mikinori Sakakibara, Kunihiko Yuyama
Starring (voice):  Mao Inoue, Ryohei Suzuki
Canadian Premiere

This fun-filled family film introduces us to the secret life of cats.  Naïve stay-at-home cat Rudolf leads a quiet, happy life in rural Gifu Prefecture but secretly longs to roam the streets of his little neighbourhood. Unfortunately, one day his thirst for adventure finds him lost miles away in downtown Tokyo. With help from a street cat known as Ippaiattena, Rudolf quickly discovers that he has a lot to learn about the world.

Will Rudolf ever be able to find his way home? Join us as we follow Rudolf’s heart-warming journey of friendship and discovery as he learns to stand on his own four paws. An exciting and fun introduction to all things Japanese from a cat’s perspective.

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MIDNIGHT DINER (深夜食堂)MIDNIGHT DINER (深夜食堂)

Runtime: 119 min / 2015
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Starring:  Kaoru Kobayashi, Mikako Tabe, Saki Takaoka, Kimiko Yo, Michitaka Tsutsui, Akiko Kikuchi, Odagiri Joe
North American Premiere

Meishi-ya is a small diner is located in a back alley in downtown Tokyo. The diner opens up after midnight and its menu consists of only four items and sake. However, the mysterious “master” can create just about anything at the specific request of his regular patrons.

As the nights pass, his often eccentric clientele deal with a variety of problems and gossip while enjoying the master’s meals. Will they ever discover the truth behind the abandoned funeral urn, inexplicably left behind at the diner? Why has the master taken the young homeless girl Michiru as a cook?

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SATOSHI – A MOVE FOR TOMORROW (聖の青春)

Runtime: 124 min / 2016
Director: Yoshitaka Mori
Starring:  Kenichi Matsuyama, Masahiro Higashide, Shota Sometani, Lily Franky, Keiko Takeshita
Canadian Premiere

This powerful drama takes place in the world of professional shogi (Japanese chess). It is the true story of shogi master Satoshi Murayama, and his rivalry with Yoshiharu Habu, the greatest shogi genius of the century. Satoshi died of an intractable disease at age 29 but devoted his life to fighting not only the disease but also his rivals, feverishly pursuing the highest title, at risk to his life.

A genuinely touching portrait of a driven genius who knows time is running out as well as the mentors and friend who supported him.  Winner of much critical acclaim in Japan where it was closing night film at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Kenichi Matsuyama portrays Satoshi with startling intensity and physically transformed himself for the role.
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THE ONDEKOZA (ざ・鬼太鼓座)THE ONDEKOZA (ざ・鬼太鼓座)

Runtime: 105 min / 1981
Director: Tai Kato
North American Premiere

Thirty-five years after its heralded premiere and subsequent disappearance from public view, the musical masterpiece The Ondekoza returned at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. The film tells story of the co-founding members of Ondekoza, a group of young musician, living communally in Sado Island who created the Japanese traditional taiko drumming style that has since become internationally famous. Members went on to for the legendary Kodo Drummers of Japan.
The first half follows the group’s daily routines and torturous training regimens as well as the rehearsals and concerts in local halls, and the efforts to adapt traditional folk pieces to fit their burgeoning repertoire. In its second half, the film positively explodes in vivid colours across the screen, as the group performs a series of dazzling set pieces — many on sets designed by legendary designer Tadanori Yokoo and Chiyo Umeda.
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HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)

Runtime: 125 min / 2016
Director: Ryota Nakano
Starring: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Joe Odagiri
Canadian Premiere

Futaba is a loving but strict mother whose world is shaken when she discovers that she has terminal cancer and only has a few months left to live. Before she dies, she needs to make sure everyone she loves will be okay. She must find her husband, who disappeared a year ago, so they can reopen the family bathhouse. She must also make sure her daughter Azumi will be able to stand on her own two feet. It is a hard time for the family members, but through the hardship their ties becomes stronger.

An impossibly moving and well-acted story of betrayal, shifting family dynamics, forgiveness, death and love.

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OVER THE FENCE (オーバー・フェンス )

Runtime: 112 min / 2016
Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
Starring:  Joe Odagiri, Yu Aoi, Shota Matsuda
Canadian Premiere

Shiraiwa, recently divorced and struggling, moves to Hakodate where he takes carpentry lessons at a vocational school.  His divorce has left him with a psychological trauma, as is the case with many of his classmates who are in similar states of transition or trauma.

One of them named Kazuhisa takes him to a nightclub, in order to pitch him an idea for a joint business venture.  While there, he meets an eccentric hostess, Satoshi, who seems to like him immediately.  A peculiar relationship is initiated between them, as she borders on the manic and he is filled with self-pity.  In the meantime, he and his classmates are also training for a baseball match between schools.

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THE HONNOUJI HOTEL (本能寺ホテル)HONNOUJI HOTEL (本能寺ホテル)

Runtime: 120 min / 2017
Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Starring:  Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Gaku Hamada
North American Premiere

Mayuko is a young woman at a crossroads; between jobs and engaged to the wrong guy she decides to take a holiday in a quaint hotel in Kyoto historic quarter. The mysterious concierge leads her to an elevator which opens not on her floor but in the 16th century court of Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan’s most important historical figures, on the night before his final battle and overthrow. Should she help and change history? Can the wise Nobunaga help her through her own crisis?

This box-office hit mixes history, comedy, samurai action and features charismatic performances from some of Japan’s favourite stars.

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I AM A HERO (アイアムアヒーロー)

Runtime: 127 min / 2016
Director:  Shinsuke Sato
Starring:  Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa
Canadian Premiere

A mysterious virus called ZQN suddenly spreads throughout Japan causing widespread panic as victims assume superhuman strength and a zombie-like rage to kill. Cowardly manga artist Hideo and infected high school student Hiromi flee Tokyo, finding themselves at the base of Mount Fuji where they, a nurse named Yabu and a rag-tag crew of unarmed survivors (Hideo has the only gun!) must battle the zombie hordes.

Based on Kengo Hanazawa’s popular manga. Thrilling, often hilarious and bloody great fun.

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WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! (家族はつらいよWHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! (家族はつらいよ)

Runtime: 108 min / 2016
Director: Yoji Yamada
Starring: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa, Tomoko Nakajima, Hayashiya Shōzō IX, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yū Aoi
Toronto Premiere

In this fast-paced and whimsical comedy from the great Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai, The Little House, Nagasaki – Memories of my Son) marital strife visits Tokyo’s loving but mildly dysfunctional Hirata family. Shuzo and Tomiko have been married for five decades but he still forgets her birthday every year. This year, as an after-thought, he offers to buy her a gift “as long as it is inexpensive.” Tomiko decides what she really wants is divorce! As family-wide panic sets in, their three adult children are forced to deal with their own relationship hang-ups and intergenerational miscommunication.
Wise, very funny and emotionally engaging, Yamada again proves one of Japan’s finest and most consistent filmmakers.
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DANCHI (The Projects) (団地)DANCHI (The Projects) (団地)

Runtime: 103 min / 2016
Director: Junji Sakamoto
Starring:  Naomi Fujiyama, Ittoku Kishibe, Michiyo Okusu, Renji Ishibashi, Takumi Saito
Canadian Premiere

Not separating your recyclables from kitchen waste? Your domestic spats keeping the neighbours awake?  In the closely-knit environs of this typical Osaka housing project, there is little chance of hiding your personal business for the noisy neighbours. Hinako and Seiji, however, couldn’t care less. The old couple have just moved in following closure of their herbal medicine shop and are quietly rebuilding their lives after tragic loss. But when Seiji disappears, the apartment rumor mill churns: divorce, murder, dismemberment? As the story spins out of control,  a mysterious man with a parasol puts in a tall order of natural remedies, and the truth turns out to be even more fantastic than gossip. A hilarious mix of clever dialogue, deadpan surrealism and heartwarming drama, Danchi serves up an ending you have to see to believe. Co-recipient of the Tama Movie Award for Best Film of 2016.
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WHAT’S FOR DINNER, MOM? (ママ、ごはんまだ?)WHAT’S FOR DINNER, MOM? (ママ、ごはんまだ?)

Runtime: 117 min / 2017
Director: Mitsuhito Shiraha
Starring: Haruka Kinami, Izumi Kujimoto, Michiko Kawai
North American Premiere

Two sisters Tae and Yo return home to their old house which is soon to be torn down. Clearing up the family mementos, Tae finds a red box full of recipes and letters written by their mother who died 20 years ago. In these recipes and letters, she finds out how her mother had struggled in her life due to relocation from Japan to Taiwan, the death of her Taiwanese husband, and a battle with cancer. Tae travels to Taiwan to trace her mother’s past, reminiscing about the dishes she made for the family.

Based on the essays by Tae Hitoto who was born and grew up in Taiwan and moved to Japan while a teenager, the film is a love-letter to mothers and great home cooking.

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SHIN GODZILLA (シン ゴジラ )SHIN GODZILLA (シン ゴジラ)

Runtime: 120 min / 2016
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring:  Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi, Ren Ohsugi, Kengo Kora, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Kunimura

Godzilla is back and bigger than ever!

In the 29th film of the popular series a crack team of misfit scientists must confront insurmountable political and bureaucratic red tape to save Japan and its people from Godzilla, an indestructible 300 foot creature that can unhinge its jaws to unleash firestorms or cut skyscrapers in half with an intense heat beam. When the American military orders a nuclear attack on Tokyo to contain the beast, the deadly countdown is on….

Combining pointed social satire, an all-star cast and awesome effects, Shin Godzilla is truly a monster hit!
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GUKOROKU – TRACES OF SIN (愚行録)

Runtime: 120 min / 2017
Director: Kei Ishikawa
Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Keisuke Koide, Asami Usuda, Yui Ichikawa
North American Premiere

In this intense psychological thriller, Tanaka is going through a tough time trying to support his younger sister Mitsuko, recently arrested and on hold in jail. An investigative reporter, he immerses himself in a story about a shocking murder case gone cold. The “perfect” family – successful businessman, beautiful wife and adorable child – were brutally murdered a year ago and the case remains unsolved.

Tanaka interviews their friends and acquaintances, and as stories of their true nature unfold, he begins to discover that the family was not as ideal as believed. The interviewees themselves unveil their own hidden natures, revealing a disturbing portrait of social elitism.

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SURVIVAL FAMILY (サバイバルファミリー)

Runtime: 117 min / 2017
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Starring: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, Wakana Aoi
Canadian Premiere

When an extended global electrical blackout occurs, the world grinds to a halt. Salaryman Yoshiyuki Suzuki decides to escape from Tokyo with his wife and two kids.

Their hilarious and heartfelt journey teaches them independence and cooperation as the kids grow up and the parents learn the error of their rigid paternalistic ways. They must also face and array of challenges including furious rainstorms, rabid dogs and runaway poultry!

This feel-good family-friendly, disaster comedy –  the latest for the director of Wood Job!, Swing Girls and Water Boys – is guaranteed to pleased.

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 THE FLOWER AND THE SWORD (花戦さ)THE FLOWER AND THE SWORD (花戦さ)

Runtime: 127 min / 2017
Director:  Tetsuo Shinohara
Starring:  Mansai Nomura, Kiichi Nakai, Kamejiro Ichikawa, Koichi Sato, Kuranosuke Sasaki
North American Premiere

A battle fought with flowers rather than swords? In the late 16th century, Hideyoshi Toyotomi takes power as the warring Sengoku period draws to a close. Under the new shogun’s strict rule, the monk Senko Ikenobo tries to bring peace to the people through ikebana flower arrangement. He bonds with another monk and politician Rikyu, innovator of the Japanese tea ceremony. When Hideyoshi orders Rikyo to commit hara-kiri, Senko issues a challenge to the ruler.

Combining the most sophisticated elements of Japanese culture with political intrigue, history and a healthy dash of humour, The Flower and the Sword is something entirely unique and wholly entertaining!

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HIRUGAO – LOVE AFFAIRS IN THE AFTERNOON (昼顔)

Runtime: 125 min / 2017
Director:  Hiroshi Nishitani
Starring:  Aya Ueto, Takumi Saitô, Ayumi Ito, Hiroyuki Hirayama
North American Premiere

The title Hirugao is derived from a recent Japanese expression heijitsu hirugao tsuma referring to housewives who conduct love affairs while their husbands are at work. The film also shares its Japanese title – and some themes – with Luis Buñuel’s classic Belle de Jour.

Three years ago Sawa lost everything – her family, friends and career – after an illicit affair with a married teacher, Yuichiro. The ostracism triggered by the incident drove her to move to another city under a different name. But fate brings the Sawa and Yuichiro together and their grand, tragic passion once again flairs. This heartbreaking romantic drama was a breakout role for Aya Ueto who delivers a passionate career-best central performance.

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RAGE (怒り)RAGE (怒り)

Runtime: 141 min / 2016
Director:  Sang-il Lee
Starring:  Ken Watanabe, Aoi Miyazaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mirai Moriyama, Kenichi Matsuyama, Go Ayano, Suzu Hirose
TIFF ENCORE SCREENING

Director Sang-il Lee assembles an all-star cast for this riveting improvisation on the burden of trust.  In Tokyo a grisly murder takes place; scrawled on a crime scene wall: the word “ikari” (rage). A year passes with the perpetrator still at large. In three seemingly unrelated stories, set in Tokyo, Okinawa and Chiba, enigmatic strangers enter the lives of characters who soon begin to suspect the murderer is now in their midst. In each case terrible truths are revealed.

Lee confidently weaves the three stories into a tightly paced, seamless narrative, building to – with the help of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soaring score – an emotionally devastating crescendo.

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IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (この世界の片隅に)IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (この世界の片隅に)

Runtime: 126 min / 2016
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Starring: Non, Daisuke Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Canadian Premiere

Based on Fumiyo Kono’s award-winning manga, this heartbreaking tale follows a young girl named Suzu who, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure to marry a young clerk from the local naval base. Through tough wartime conditions she cooks and cares for her family until the intense bombings finally reach Kure with devastating effect. Suzu’s life is shattered but through perseverance and courage she manages to continue to live life to the fullest.

This beautiful yet a tragic tale was the winner of the Hiroshima International Film Festival. It shows that even in the face of adversity and loss people can come together and rebuild their lives. An indelible, dream-like masterpiece.

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MUMON – THE LAND OF STEALTH (忍びの国)

Runtime: 125 min / 2017
Director:  Yoshihiro Nakamura
Starring:  Satoshi Ohno, Satomi Ishihara, Ryohei Suzuki, Yuri Chinen, Yuna Taira, Jun Kunimura, Yusuke Iseya
North American Premiere

A spectacular Ninja vs. Samurai battle epic based on Ryo Wada’s popular novel Shinobi no Kuni.

Warlord Nobunaga Oda’s campaign to pacify and unify the Japan under his rule faces one terrifying obstacle, the ninja stealth warriors of Iga Province. When Mumon, Iga’s deadliest warrior – and the laziest according his wife – kills a ninja from a rival family for a reward, his actions trigger a deadly war between Nobunaga’s army and the ninja of the Iga Province. The resulting battle explodes with political intrigue, violent action and questions of morality.

Full of spectacular swordplay, playful humour and gorgeous photography.

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CHIHAYAFURU PART II (ちはやふる 下の句)

SPECIAL FESTIVAL SUMMER SCREENING (JULY)

CHIHAYAFURU PART II (ちはやふる 下の句)

Runtime: 103 min / 2016
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Starring:  Suzu Hirose, Mone Kamishiraishi, Shuhei Nomura
Toronto Premiere

Following the thrilling Tokyo karuta tournament, Chihaya’s team challenges the national championship. However, Chihaya is soon devastated when she learns that long-lost childhood best friend Arata has quit karuta, crushing her dream of reuniting at the national tournament.
Chihaya channels her energy into training with her friends, but competition at national level is steep, and the opponents even stronger. When she learns about fellow high schooler Shinobu Wakamiya, the Queen of karuta, her determination turns into desperation and alienates her friends.

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MIDNIGHT DINER 2 (続・深夜食堂)

SPECIAL FESTIVAL SUMMER SCREENING (JULY)

MIDNIGHT DINER 2 (続・深夜食堂)

Runtime: 108 min / 2016
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Starring:  Kaoru Kobayashi, Joe Odagiri, Kimiko Yo, Mikako Tabe, Aoba Kawai, Koichi Sato, Midoriko Kimura, Sosuke Ikemastu, Misako Watanabe
North American Premiere

We are back at Meishi-ya were again the “master” deals with clients looking for good food and solutions to their problems: A stressed-out literary editor who always dresses in mourning attire meets a handsome stranger at the funeral of her most difficult client but unseen complications ensue. Meanwhile Seiko owner of the soba noodle restaurant across the street is pushing her reluctant son to take over the business. She then discovers he and one of her favorite customers are in love!

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SPECIAL FESTIVAL SUMMER SCREENING (AUGUST)

HIRUNE HIME – ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET
(ひるね姫 知らないワタシの物語)

Runtime: 110 min / 2017
Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Starring (voice):  Mitsuki Takahata, Yosuke Eguchi, Arata Furuta, Rie Kugimiya
Toronto Premiere

Kokone should be diligently working on her college entrance exams but she simply cannot seem to keep awake. In the days before Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games, her father is suddenly and mysteriously arrested and it becomes clear that her family is harboring some big secrets. But the key to solving the mystery can only be found in Kokone’s dreams where she soon encounters strange and exciting adventures. Kenji Kamiyama’s deliriously beautiful and imaginative film ties mind-bending fantasy with a heartwarming story of the love between parents and their child.

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SPECIAL FESTIVAL SUMMER SCREENING (AUGUST)

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
(赤毛のアン)

Runtime: 90 min / 2016
Director: John Kent Harrison
Starring:  Ella Ballentine, Martin Sheen, Sara Botsford, and Julia Lalonde

Ann of Green Gables speaks Japanese! Who knew?

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved character Anne Shirley has long been the face of Canada to many young Japanese to whom is known as Akage no An (Ann with the Red Hair). It is fitting then, that we bring you the fully Japanese-dubbed version – with English subtitles – of John Kent Harrison’s most recent interpretation the tale as a part of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival’s summer screening series.

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