A Simple Highlight Guide for Special Feature on Japanese Films
Special Feature on Japanese Films
“Looking at the ‘Family’ as Fragile and Breakable”
NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES EXCEPT “MOVING”
A special feature of Japanese films will be presented on motion pictures which look at the Japanese family as something fragile and breakable. These films are all Japanese film masterpieces well worth coming out to our film festival to watch!
1995/ Japan/ 110 min./No subtitles
An award-winning film at the Venice Film Festival and the first feature film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, who won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film is about a woman who can’t get over tragedy. Her grandmother disappears when she is small. She grows up and gets married but her husband commits suicide…Will she ever get over her dilemma of sorrow?
1993/Japan/124 min./English subtitles
A Japanese film masterpiece directed by Shinji Soumai and screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Eleven year-old Renko now lives with her mother because her father moved out of the house as they are divorcing. She just doesn’t feel right being stuck in between her parents…Can she get herself together and move on with her life?
2004/Japan/75 min./No subtitles
Directed by Jun Ichikawa and based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Living a lonely infant life, a man grows up to be a successful illustrator. He then falls in love with a woman and is lucky enough to marry her but happiness does not last long…
1997/ Japan/ 103 min./No subtitles
Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, the film is directed by Takeshi Kitano who plays the lone wolf protagonist detective. His wife is dying. His associate is shot and his subordinate, killed by a criminal. Caring for those around him, the detective decides on a daring course of action…
ALL AROUND US
2008/Japan/140 min./No subtitles
A multi award-winning film in Japan directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi. Set in the 1990s, the film depicts a 10 year period in the life of a couple as they overcome their problems without breaking up. The film also touches on changes in Japan, itself, during the 1990s through the husband who becomes a courtroom artist.