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.

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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DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり

Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura
(TJFF Encore Screening)

In his latest, director Yamazaki (Always: Sunset of 3rd Street, The Eternal Zero, The Man Called Pirate) creates massive, fanciful special effects in service of a gentle story of a man’s love for his wife.

Masakazu Isshiki is a professor and mystery writer who marries Akiko, one of his students, and brings her to live in Kamakura – a town rife with spirits and mythical beasts. Together they solve mysterious cases taking place around them. When Akiko is taken to the next world by the Goddess of Death, Masakazu is heartbroken and decides to follow and bring her home.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2pm

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BIRDS WITHOUT NAMES
(Special Summer Screening: July)

Towako lives with Jinji a man 15 years her senior. Lounging around their tiny squalid apartment, she pines after Kurosaki, a callous lover who nearly beat her to death 8 years earlier. She thinks little of casually sleeping around and is openly disgusted by the earnest blue-collar Jinji who is slavishly, even masochistically, devoted to Towako and her happiness. When the police inform her that Kurosaki has been missing for five years, she begins to suspect Jinji may be involved in the disappearance. Is there something darker lurking behind his damaged, eager-to-please façade?

Based on Mahokaru Numata’s novel, this is an intelligent, tightly controlled and captivating piece of cinema that defies genre definitions, oscillating between character study, thriller and melodrama. The film is built around a killer twist and towering, award-winning performance by Yu Aoi.

Sunday, July 29 at 1pm / 123 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち

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GOODBYE, GRANDPA!
(Special Summer Screening: July)

This “21st Century update of Juzo Itami’s The Funeral” opens as Yoshiko receives a phone call about her grandfather’s death when she is having sex with her boyfriend. With this the preparations and funeral for her grandfather begin, involving a slovenly uncle, termagant aunt, shut-in cousin, and a grandma suffering from dementia. No one cries at the funeral and, as eccentric family members true feelings percolate to the surface, Yoshiko starts to think about “life” and “death” and becomes determined to visit the Ganges River in India where people believe they can free their souls for eternity.

An understated black comedy of family dysfunction steeped in specific Japanese funerary and mourning rituals.

Sunday, July 29 at 3:30pm / 104 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

おじいちゃん、死んじゃったって

 

 

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