This Weekend: Japan Film Festival

Japan Film Festival
@ The Winnipeg Cinematheque
Sept. 24 – Sept. 25, 2011


The Consulate General of Japan and the Japan Foundation present the annual Japan Film Festival this weekend at the Winnipeg Cinematheque!

Four matinées will be shown absolutely for free during the Saturday and Sunday festival at the Cinematheque. Included will be the 2009 historical drama Mt. Tsurugidake which follows a team of Japanese mountaineers near the turn of the century that are the first to climb Mt. Tsurugidake.

For the full listing, times and film synopses, please see the Cinematheque Website, or look below.

-Aaron Zeghers

Japanese Film Festival Cinematheque

From the Winnipeg Cinematheque Website
Sept. 23, 2011

For a number of years the Consulate General of Japan has been working with the Japan Foundation in organizing the annual Japan Film Festival. At the festival, which travels across Canada, recent Japanese films are shown free of charge and open to the public in order to foster interest in the thought-provoking and exciting world of Japanese cinema.

* all films are in Japanese with English subtitles

12:00 PM – Mt. Tsurugidake (Drama, 139 min, dir. Daisaku Kimura, 2009)
Located in Tateyama mountain range in the Northern Alps in Toyama Prefecture, Mt. Tsurugidake stands 2999m above sea level. Tsurugidake is renowned as a difficult mountain and since the beginning of historical records, it has been designated as the “god” for those engaged in mountain asceticism-shamanism and sometimes referred as “needle mountain” or “mountain of death” for its inaccessibility. Neither for fame, nor for profit, the men staked their lives on an impossible mission, for nothing more than a map. This true story gives us a frank view of the noble spirit of devotion and royal spirit, gradually becoming lost to the society of today.

2:45 PM – Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (Drama, 146 min, dir. Takashi Yamazaki, 2007)
Spring, 1959. Unable to forget Hiromi, who had left without a word, Chagawa has been living with Junnosuke. One day, Kawabuchi returns to take Junnosuke away. Chagawa is given permission to take care of Junnosuke on the condition that the child enjoys an ordinary standard of living, so to obtain a decent living and to show Hiromi that he has become a better man, Chagawa begins to write a literary piece to win the Akutagawa Prize, a dream that he had given up long ago.

1:00 PM – Shindo (Drama, 120 min, dir. Koji Hagiuda, 2007)
Laconic thirteen-year-old piano prodigy Uta has been in a detached slump ever since her father disappeared. With her mother struggling to make ends meet, Uta was forced to leave her old house and piano behind – her father’s piano, the only piano she wants to play. Much to her mother’s dismay, she keeps skipping her piano lessons, distancing herself even more from the people and places around her. She starts to open up when she meets 19-year-old aspiring pianist Wao, with whom she develops an unlikely friendship.

3:15 PM – Linda Linda Linda (Comedy / Drama, 114 min, dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2005)
Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei, drummer Kyoko, and bassist Nozumi are forced to recruit a new lead vocalist for their band. They choose Korean exchange student Son, though her comprehension of Japanese is a bit rough! It’s a race against time as the group struggles to learn three tunes for the festival’s rock concert—including a classic ’80s punk-pop song by the Japanese group The Blue Hearts called “Linda Linda”…


~ by cineflyer on September 23, 2011.

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