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泣き虫しょったんの奇跡

THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

Toshiaki Toyoda’s star-studded biopic tells the true story of shogi (Japanese chess) player Shoji “Shottan” Segawa. Despite consistent dedication, Shottan fails to go professional by the time he turns 26, permanently forfeiting his change according to the game’s strict rules. Shottan does not abandon his dream and continues as a top amateur until, at 35, he makes an unprecedented bid to go professional. This inspirational tale of late-blooming self-realization and perseverance against all odds builds to a rousing conclusion.

Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. With Ryuhei Matsuda, Yojiro Noda, Shota Sometani, Jun Kunimura, Takako Matsu, and Satoshi Tsumabuki.

Thursday, November 14 @ 7pm / 127min
In Japanese with English subtitles

$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

Co-present with Toronto Reel Asian

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初恋

FIRST LOVE

A doomed boxer and a drug-addled call girl fall in love over on wild night in the Tokyo underbelly as they are pursued by corrupt cops, warring Yakuza, Triad gangs, a beautiful Chinese Assassin and a bizarre underwear-clad spectre.

A Tarantino-style roller-coaster ride, Miike’s latest is a furiously paced, hilarious, bloody and surprising poignant romance.

With Masataka Kubota, Sakurako Kanishi, Shota Sometani, Becky, Nao Ohmori, and Jun Murakami

Thursday, December 5 @ 7pm / 115min
In Japanese with English subtitles

$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

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