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ウスケボーイズ

THE USUKE BOYS
(Special Summer Screening)

Okamura and four close friends regularly meet at a group for wine aficionados. They share the belief that Japanese grapes are less flavourful than French grapes and so bear an inferior wine. When they encounter Japanese-made Kikyogahara Merlot and its maker Usuke Asai, their lives are changed. Dropping their jobs and renting farmland they pledge to follow Usuke-san and his philosophy of wine-making, and life.

A warm, inspirational tale for wine-lovers and teetotallers alike.

Saturday, August 17 at 3:30pm / 102 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

Director Kakizaki and casts in attendance

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モリのいる場所

MORI, THE ARTIST’S HABITAT
(Special Summer Screening)

In his last 30 years, reclusive artist Morikazu Kumagai (1880-1977), rarely ventured beyond his Tokyo home; instead, he spends hours in his luxuriant garden keenly observing the cats, fish, birds and insects and eventually rendering them into his distinct paintings.

Featuring a cast lead by screen legends Tsutomu Yamazaki and Kirin Kiki, this delightful, quirky and virtually plot-free comedy traces an imaginary day in the life of Mori and Hideko – his wife of over 50 years – as they entertain a throng of welcomed and unwelcomed visitors, including condo developers whose presence signals imminent and irreversible change.ke.

Saturday, August 17 at 1:30pm / 99 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

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若おかみは小学生!

OKKO’S INN
(Special Summer Anime)

Okko is orphaned and goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores she discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host.

Director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous Studio Ghibli classics, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.

Sunday, August 18 at 1pm / 94 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

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ペンギン・ハイウェイ

PENGUIN HIGHWAY
(Special Summer Anime)

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure.

Based on Tomihiko Morimi’s popular novel adaptation. Winner of The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival for best animated feature. A visually amazing, heart-warming delight!

Sunday August 18 at 3:30pm / 102 min
Japanese dialogue with English subtitles
$10 JCCC Member
$12 General

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