JCCC Monthly Film Screening



Every month, as part of our ongoing cultural programming, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, screens Japanese films using state-of-the-art cinema facilities in the Kobayashi Hall. The Japanese Film Series is one of the most anticipated programs held by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. It provides a place to explore and build upon the rich Japanese Canadian heritage and provides a forum to share that heritage with others.

The series includes a diverse offering of films including classics by Ozu and Kurosawa as well as contemporary hit films by Kitano Takeshi, Takashi Miike, Katsuhito Ishii and Hirokazu Koreeda and special screenings of Japanese films not theatrically released in Canada. As a result, JCCC film nights are entirely unique and rare opportunities for Canadians to experience the Japanese cinema that has been singled out for excellence by audiences, critics and the Japanese Academy Awards.

The screenings are hugely popular, regularly selling out the Kobayashi Hall. All films in Japanese language are shown with English subtitles.Programming partners in the JCCC Film Program include the Japan Foundation, The Association of Japanese Business and Commerce of Chicago and the Canadian Film Centre.

RBCグループ後援、日本映画上映会プログラムについて:JCCCではカルチャープログラムのひとつとして、毎月日本の映画を上映しています。この上映会は毎回人気 を博し、コミュニティ内で高い支持を得ている重要なプログラムです。上映される映画は、小津や黒澤などの 巨匠の作品から、北野武、三池崇史、是枝裕和などの現代日本を代表する監督の作品まで、ジャンルを問わ ず幅広く選出されています。特にカナダの劇場で未公開の作品を積極的に上映しています。つまり観客は、日 本で評判の映画をトロントでも楽しめるのです。毎回必ず英語字幕付で上映されるので、観客層も幅広く様 々です。



Upcoming Movies


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Mixed Match

Tuesday, September 28 at 7pm / 95 min
$10 (JCCC Members)
$12 (Non-members)

The Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada and the JCCC present a fundraising screening of award-winning Japanese Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns’ documentary.

His film explores the crisis in identifying bone marrow and cord blood donors to donate to patients of mixed ethnicity suffering from life threatening blood diseases such as leukemia. 30,000 North Americans annually are diagnosed with life threatening blood diseases and for many, a bone marrow transplant is the only chance at survival. Of the seven million registered bone marrow donors in the US, less than 3% are multiethnic. Finding a multiethnic marrow match in the public registry is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

Mixed Match tells an important human story from the perspective of youth who are discovering their identities through their deadly illnesses and how their multiethnic backgrounds threaten their chances at survival. This powerful film raises critical awareness about the need for multiethnic donors worldwide.

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The true story of Masaaki Takaoka, a rural high school teacher in the mid-20th century who dedicated his life to creating a hybrid that could bloom anywhere in the world.

The time is World War II, and, as Japan's defeat becomes imminent, Masaaki's beloved students are ordered to join the imperial forces' last-ditch efforts. Masaaki bids them farewell with the promise that, upon their return, they would all reunite under the sakura on the school grounds. Only one student does return with news that all his classmates had perished in battles across the Pacific and in foreign lands. Overcome by guilt, Masaaki goes on a life-long quest to fulfill his promise. Over the next three decades, he obsessively strives to create a new strain of sakura that can blossom anywhere so that the spirits of his students would have a place to meet.

Written and directed by Gen Takahashi, it is a rumination on innocence and a generation carelessly squandered in the misguided pursuit of military glory.

Starring Takashi Sasano, Yuki Kazamatsuri, Koji Matoba, Maki Miyamoto and Shota Sasano

Thursday, October 26 at 7pm / 114min
In Japanese with English subtitles
Free Admission. Donations gratefully accepted