Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Japan Cuts announces its full schedule

In Seventh Year, Full-Lineup of America’s Largest Annual Festival of New Films from Japan are Premieres
JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
July 11-21, 2013, at Japan Society
New York, NY --The JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinemareturns for its seventh season, with 10 days of screenings and over 20 titles.JAPAN CUTS 2013 presents the roughest, sharpest, and smoothest of today’s cutting-edge Japanese film scene, encompassing bigger-than-life blockbusters, high-concept art house titles, moving and provoking documentaries, delirious rom-coms, refined melodramas and a handful of UFOs—unidentified film objects. Featuring appearances by several special guest filmmakers,JAPAN CUTS 2013 kicks off July 11 with a blowout opening night party and runs through July 21, screening 25 titles, all of which are a mix of New York, U.S. and International premieres. The festival again dovetails with the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which co-presents 12 films of the JAPAN CUTS lineup July 11-14.

Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students, except for the July 11 screeningI’M FLASH!, $15/$12, including after party. Patrons who purchase more than 5 tickets for at least 5 different films receive $2 off of each ticket (this special offer is available only at the Japan Society Box Office or by telephone, not with online purchases, and is not valid for the July 11 screening of I’M FLASH!) Tickets may be purchased in person at Japan Society, by calling the box office at 212-715-1258, or The box office will be closed July 4-7 in observance of the July 4th holiday weekend.
All films are in Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

Bad Film
Friday, July 12 at 6 pm
**North American Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 1995. 161 min. HD CAM, in Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles. Directed by Sion Sono.
In 1995, director Sion Sono and the performance collective Tokyo GAGAGA made this massive underground science fiction film about a gang war in Tokyo. They shot over 150 hours of footage but ran out of money during post-production. Now, almost 20 years later, Sono has finally finished the film. In an alternate history, 1997 Tokyo is a gangland war zone, divided between feuding factions from the Chinese Baihubang and the Japanese Kamikaze. The Kamikaze prowl the streets in a campaign bus, spewing vitriol from a loudspeaker. Their leader is a bald lunatic whose only abiding passion is for a severed pig’s head he keeps in a plastic bag. The hyperactive narrator tells us that ancient race hatred is the war’s driving force. But when one Kamikaze girl meets a beautiful Chinese junk dealer, a lesbian Romeo & Juliet story blossoms. Soon they and the other self-described closeted queers, freaks, and cripples of the rival gangs band together to form a more perfect, omnisexual union. The day of destiny is fast approaching, and it appears that the years of old grudges and mutually assured destruction are at an end. Nothing could be stronger than love. Except hate.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (Fugainai Boku wa Sora wo Mita)
Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 141min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles, Directed by Yuki Tanada. With Kento Nagayama, Tomoko Tabata, Mieko Harada, Masataka Kubota, Takahiro Miura, Ena Koshino, Miharu Tanaka, Gin Pun Chou, Aki Kajiwara.
Life is about to take a drastic turn for Anzu (Tomoko Tabata), a typical bored housewife who desperately tries to have a baby to resurrect her dying marriage and appease a less-than-amiable mother-in-law. A random encounter with high school boy Takumi (Kento Nagayama) at an event for anime fans leads to torrid sex and a deliciously illicit affair at the conjugal home. Her husband begins to notice and soon, a video of the adulterous couple finds its way onto the internet. Hilarity does not ensue.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Dearest (Anata e)
Sunday, July 21 at 5:30 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 111 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles.Directed by Yasuo Furuhata. With Ken Takakura, Yuko Tanaka, Koichi Sato, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kimiko Yo, Haruka Ayase.
Ken Takakura's 205th film is a solemn and sublimely sober road movie featuring an all-star cast that includes "Beat" Takeshi Kitano and Tadanobu Asano, among other heavyweights of the acting world. The last star of the golden age of the studio era, now an octogenarian, Takakura plays Eiji Kurashima, an elderly counselor at a prison in Toyama, a prefecture on the Japan Sea coast. His wife, Yoko (Yuko Tanaka), recently died of cancer at the age 53, leaving him with an illustrated card asking him to scatter her ashes in the harbor of the small Kyushu port where she was raised. Kurashima is puzzled by this request since she never mentioned it while she was alive, or said anything about her family for that matter, but he loads up his mini-van with supplies, as well as wooden furnishings he has handcrafted, and hits the road alone for Kyushu.

DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 No flower without rain (Documentary of AKB48 Shojotachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani o Miru?)
Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm
**North American Premiere
Japan. 2013. 128 min. HD Cam, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Eiki Takahashi.With AKB48.
A fascinating peek into the world below the glitzy surface of Japanese pop music, this documentary shows the inner workings of Japan's most popular pop band, as the group parts ways with their star member Atsuko Maeda (a departure that's euphemistically called a "graduation"). The other members are shaken and a fierce fight for center position takes place, with the girls navigating popularity gaps between members, as well as dealing with a clause that prevents them from dating.
Preceded by:
Kick-Heart (Kikku Hato)
**East Coast Premiere, Introduced by Producer Justin Leach
Japan. 2013. 12 min. BD, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Produced through crowd funding via Kickstarter, this madness-filled short film by Masaaki Yuasa, the creator of Mind Game, is a love story involving a pro-wrestler and a nun, both with a secret to hide. Their encounter in the ring sparks.Selected for the Short Film Competition for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Dreams for Sale (Yume Uru Futari)
Saturday, July 13 at 3:45 pm
**New York Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2012. 137 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Miwa Nishikawa. With Takako Matsu, Sadao Abe, Rena Tanaka, Sawa Suzuki, Tamae Ando.
When Satoko and Kanya's restaurant burns to the ground and they find themselves in dire straits, they don't just give up, they get married--but not to each other. Despite his rather "average" looks, Kanya has a preternatural talent for romancing women, a skill that turns out to be an unorthodox but invaluable source of revenue. With Satoko's able assistance in scoping out potential prey, they begin promising matrimony to lonely ladies before scamming them out of all their cash. As they tear through Japan's entire population of lonely hearts, things begin to take a toll on their own marriage and their very souls.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

The Floating Castle (Nobo no Shiro) - CLOSING FILM
Sunday, July 21 at 8:00 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 144 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shinji Higuchi and Isshin Inudo. With Mansai Nomura, Nana Eikura, Hiroki Narimiya, Tomomitsu Yamaguchi, Koichi Sato.
In the year 1590, the mighty warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi is close to fulfilling his ambition of unifying all of Japan under his banner when he comes across unexpected resistance in the form of a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika, a frivolous hedonistic fellow and unlikely candidate for the position of rebel general, finds himself in charge of defending the castle. His odds? An army of 500 men to combat Toyotomi Hideyoshi's army of 20,000.

Fly with the Gold (Ogon wo Daite Tobe)
Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 129 min., HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kazuyuki Izutsu. With Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tadanobu Asano, Shim Chang-Min, Kenta Kiritani, Junpei Mizobata, Toshiyuki Nishida.
This slow-burn bank heist drama is set afire by its stellar cast. Kota (Satoshi Tsumabuki) hears about an impending ¥1.5 billion gold bar job from his friend Kitagawa (Tadanobu Asano) and decides to take part. The gold bars sit in the basement of the HQ of Sumita Bank. Helping Kota and Kitagawa are bank security employee Noda (Kenta Kiritani), a North Korean spy pretending to be a college student (Shim Chang-Min), Kitagawa's younger brother Haruki (Junpei Mizobata), and a former elevator engineer (Toshiyuki Nishida). These six men attempt to carry the boldest of schemes to bypass the bank's high-tech defense system.

Helter Skelter (Heruta Sukeruta)
Sunday, July 13 at 9:30pm
**New York Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2012. 127 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Mika Ninagawa. With Erika Sawajiri, Nao Omori, Shinobu Terajima, Gou Ayano, Kiko Mizuhara.
Japan's hugely influential, hyper fashion-forward photographer Mika Ninagawa and its most controversial young star, Erika Sawajiri, team up to deliver a plastic surgery horror movie that'll make everyone's skin crawl. Lilico (Erika Sawajiri) is a monstrous Lady Gaga-esque celebrity--a singer and actress obsessed with her own young sexy self, eating up employees, and existing on a diet of flashbulbs. Almost entirely surgically enhanced, she requires occasional "top ups", but now they're not working anymore. Her face and body are slowly turning as black and rotten as bruised fruit and her sanity is leaching away from her dysfunctional, surgically enhanced mortal coil.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero (Hentai Kamen)
Friday, July 12 at 9:00 pm
**North American Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2013. 105 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuichi Fukuda. With Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Muro, Ken Yasuda, Nana Katase.
Kyosuke (Ryuhei Suzuki) is the best member of his high school martial arts club, but when he indulges in his passion for wearing women's underwear he becomes the panty-masked superhero Hentai Kamen. Based on a wildly popular manga series, Hentai Kamen may not be the hero we deserve, but he's the hero we need.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
**U.S. Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
**Featuring Intro and Q&A with Director Toshiaki Toyoda, Followed by I’M FLASH OPENING PARTY
Japan. 2012. 91 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. With Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kiko Mizuhara, Shigeru Nakano, Kento Nagayama.
Wild boy director Toshiaki Toyoda has been a NYAFF and JAPAN CUTS favorite, releasing UFOs (unidentified film objects) like his minimalist samurai arthouse experiment,Blood of Rebirth, and his semi-abstract Unabomber biopic, Monsters’ Club. Now he returns to his pulp roots and finds full-blown glory with a sun-drenched gangster thriller that exists somewhere between early Takeshi Kitano (on a few pounds of opium), and a diurnal version of Winding Refn’s Drive. Donning a rockstar suntan and obscenely healthy good looks, Tatsuya Fujiwara (whoseBattle Royale pretty boy looks have weathered into a manlier presence) plays Rui Yoshino, the charismatic celebrity leader of a lucrative religious sect calling itself “Life is Beautiful”. Life is indeed beautiful for the cocky cult leader. Famous, fast-talking, and filthy rich, his many followers (particularly the female ones) treat him as a role model, escape route, and god. One hot night, he picks up a young woman named Rumi (Kiko Mizuhara), and takes her out on a drunken drive that turns out to be less of a cruise to short-term earthly pleasures than a fateful ride into the unknown. They crash the fancy sports car, kill a motorcyclist, leave Rumi in a coma, and Rui in deep trouble. The young guru miraculously escapes physically unscathed, but during that brief ride some kind of restlessness has stirred within his soul. And that’s when events start to spin out of control.

I Have to Buy New Shoes (Atarashii Kutsu wo Kawanakucha)
Thurday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 115 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Eriko Kitagawa. With Miho Nakayama, Osamu Mukai, Mirei Kiritani, Gou Ayano, Amanda Plummer.
A uniquely moving, romance set in France in the vein of Shunji Iwai and Richard Linklater. Freelance writer Aoi Teshigahara (Miho Nakayama) lives in Paris. Sen Yagami (Osamu Mukai) is a photographer who comes to the city due to his younger sister Suzume's (Mirei Kiritani) insistence. Over three days, Aoi Teshigahara and Sen Yagami find the way to each other's hearts, but will it cure their loneliness or wound them forever?

It's Me, It's Me (Ore-Ore)
Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 pm
**North American Premiere, Introduction and Q&A with Director Satoshi Miki
Japan. 2013. 123 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Satoshi Miki. With Kazuya Kamenashi, Yuki Uchida, Ryo Kase, Midoriko Kimura, Keiko Takahashi.
Somewhere between Magritte, Kafka, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, Satoshi Miki's (dir.Adrift In Tokyo) surrealist tale of Hitoshi, a young electronics store clerk with a case of multiple personalitydisorder (played by pop star Kazuya Kamenashi of the band KAT-TUN) boldly goes where no black comedy has gone before. After picking up a cellphone left behind by a customer, he undertakes a popular scam: he calls the person's mother and with the open-sesame magic formula "It's me! It's me!" poses as her son, easily talking the mom into transferring cash to his own depleted bank account. Soon, Hitoshi gets not just a lot more money, but a new mum, and a new "me," in the person of a doppelganger. But soon he proliferates until the whole city becomes a walking metropolis of hims. Which is fine for the egotistic young man… until they start killing each other.

Japan's Tragedy (Nihon no Higeki)
Sunday, July 21 at 3:30 pm
**North American Premiere
Japan. 2012. 101 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi. With Tatsuya Nakadai, Kazuki Kitamura, Akemi Omori, Shinobu Terajima.
A black pearl of a drama that shares its title and focus with Keisuke Kinoshita's 1953 masterpiece,Japan's Tragedy takes place in October 2011, in Kanamachi, Tokyo. In black-and-white interiors, behind thin wooden sliding doors with rice-paper windows, a father (played by legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai (Kagemusha,Ran) and his son (Kazuki Kitamura) are at war with death and despair. The father is a retired widower who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Refusing all treatment, he nails shut access to his room and decides to wither away and die by the altar for his deceased wife. The son, who lost his wife and daughter in the tsunami along with his job and most of his money, pleads with him ever more desperately. Dedicated to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and to the 31,560 people who committed suicide in Japan in 2010, the film is based on actual events that happened to a "certain Japanese family" in Tokyo in 2010, and asks the question, "What do we actually need to live?"

The Kirishima Thing (Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo)
Sunday, July 14 at 7:30pm
**New York Premiere
Japan, 2012. 103 min. 35mm, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed byDaihachi Yoshida. With Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Suzuka Ohgo, Masahiro Higashide, Kurumi Shimizu, Mizuki Yamamoto.
When a star athlete and all-around golden boy drops out of the volleyball team and vanishes, all the hidden power struggles, class warfare, social angst and general life drama of the entire high school emerge. Based on the bestselling novel by Ryo Asai, The Kirishima Thing is a dissection of a ruptured social nervous system. LikeRashomon staged at The Breakfast Club, its cosmic cinematic microscope sweeps across all of the institutionalized cliques we’ve all found at every school anywhere in the world: jocks and their kept girls, band geeks who agonize over a single note out of tune, AV nerds who just want to make zero-budget zombie movies and watch Tetsuo: The Iron Man all day. They all had their places, and they all knew their roles, but in a culture of conformity, even the slightest, quietest ripple in the pond threatens to explode their miniature universe.Winner Best Picture and Best Director, The 36th Japan Academy Prize.

Lesson of the Evil (Aku no Kyoten)
Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 pm
**New York Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2012. 128 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Takashi Miike. With Hideaki Ito, Takayuki Yamada, Takehiro Hira, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Shota Sometani.
After years of making restrained commission studio works likeHara Kiri, and getting invited to Cannes and treated like a respectable adult, Japan's cinematic wild man Takashi Miike returns to form. Based on a bestselling horror novel, clean cut pop star Hideaki Ito plays Mr. Hasumi, a young, popular, good-looking teacher at an elite high school. Beloved by his students and popular with pretty much everyone, it turns out Mr. Hasumi is actually a teacher of evil with a fondness for killing.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story
Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm
**New York Premiere, Introduction and Q&A with Director Regge Life
USA, 2012. 85 min. BD, Directed by Regge Life.
This remarkable first documentary offers a glimpse into the life ofTaylor Anderson, a young American woman who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children. Through in-depth personal accounts from her loved ones--laced with emotional recollections, moving photographs and home movies--a wonderful tapestry emerges that encompasses her incredible existence up to her untimely end at age 24 caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. In light of the tragedy, the film sends a message of hope for all who follow their hearts.

The Ravine of Goodbye (Sayonara Keikoku)
Friday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
**North American Premiere
Japan. 2013. 117 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tatsushi Omori. With Yoko Maki, Shima Onishi, Nao Omori, Anne Suzuki, Jyo Hyuga, Arata, Hirofumi Arai.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Shuichi Yoshida. The body of a child is found near the house of a seemingly ordinary couple: Shunsuke (Shima Onishi, the limbless soldier inCaterpillar) and Kanako Ozaki (star actress Yoko Maki). The baby's mother Satomi Tachibana (Anne Suzuki) is arrested as the prime suspect, but it doesn't take long for the police to consider Shunsuke a person of interest: Satomi claims she was having an affair with him. Looking into the case, weekly tabloid reporter Watanabe (Nao Omori) discovers another shocking crime in Shunsuke's past.Selection of the Moscow IFF Competition.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Rurouni Kenshin
Sunday, July 14 at 2:30 pm
**New York Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2012. 134 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Keishi Otomo. With Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Koji Kikkawa, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki.
Japan's number one box office hit of the year—and one hell of a sword fight movie—this live action adaptation of a manga about a Meiji era assassin who leaves his life behind to become a protector of the common people. The story has sold 55 million copies as a manga and spawned several wildly popular animated adaptations.

The Samurai That Night (Sono Yoru no Samurai)
Sunday, July 21 at 1:00 pm
**U.S. Premiere
Japan. 2012. 119 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masaaki Akahori. With Masato Sakai, Takayuki Yamada, Hirofumi Arai, Gou Ayano, Maki Sakai, Tomorowo Taguchi, Mitsuki Tanimura, Tsutomu Takahashi, Kinuwo Yamada, Sakura Ando.
The titular samurai may not have a sword or armor, but his connection with death is no less deep. Introverted, bespectacled iron foundry manager Nakamura (Masato Sakai) has been living his life as though he were already dead, since his wife was killed five years ago. He deals with her death by obsessively replaying the last message she left on his answering machine, in which she scolded him for eating too much custard. Fresh out of jail, the perpetrator, a brutal young man named Kijima (Takayuki Yamada, the lead of Milocrorze and one of Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins), returns to his habits of behaving badly until anonymous letters arrive, promising "to kill him and then myself" on the anniversary of the crime. Could the bereft, half-shattered ironworks man truly be capable of fulfilling such vengeance?

A Story of Yonosuke (Yokomichi Yonosuke)
Saturday, July 13 at 12:30 pm
**North American Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan, 2012, 160 min. BD, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shuichi Okita. With Kengo Kora, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Sosuke Ikematsu, Ayumi Ito, Gou Ayano.
Yonosuke arrives at university in the late 1980s when Japan is booming and the economy is raining cash. Naive and hopelessly self-confident, he comes to the big city, annoying and charming everyone in equal measure, but his good nature brings him romance and a loyal group of friends. The next 20 years finds him following the winding road of contemporary Japanese history, filled with twists and turns. The heartfelt song of an unheroic hero echoes throughout.

There is Light (Kurayami kara Te wo Nobase)
Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 pm
**North American Premiere, Introduction and Q&A with Director Yukihiro Toda
Japan. 2013. 68 min. HD Cam, in Japanese with English subtitles.Directed by Yukihiro Toda. With Maya Koizumi, Kanji Tsuda, Masayuki Moriyama, Yuki Kan, Sachiko Matsuura, Aoyama Hokingu, Morooka Moro.
Saori (Maya Koizumi) decides to work at Honey Lips, a company that provides sex to disabled people, for the simple reason that it seems like easy work. On the first day of her new job, the manager (Kanji Tsuda) drives Saori to a customer's house located in a peaceful residence area. The film follows her experiences servicing a set of very special clients, with a subtle blend of honesty and humor, taking a blunt, balanced docudrama-like approach to build a compelling narrative about life choices. Central to There Is Light is a pitch perfect performance by former swimsuit model Maya Koizumi.2013 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Thermae Romae (Terumae Romae)
Sunday, July 14 at 5:15 pm
**New York Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan. 2012. 108 min. BD, in Japanese with English subtitles.Directed by Hideki Takeuchi. With Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Masachika Ichimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Kai Shishido.
An epic bath extravaganza! Based on a manga series that's sold 5 million copies and spawned a TV show, this film follows an ancient Roman bath designer who time travels to contemporary Japan and finds fresh inspiration in Japan's modern day public baths.

The Warped Forest (Asatte no Mori)
Sunday, July 14 at 12:30 pm
**U.S. Continental Premiere, Co-presented with NYAFF
Japan, 2011, 82 min. HD Cam, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shunichiro Miki. With Rinko Kikuchi, Fumi Nikaido, BOBA, Kanji Tuda, Yoshiyuki Morishita.
Six years ago, directors Shunichiro Miki, Katsuhito Ishii and Hajime Ishimine teamed up to deliverFunky Forest: The First Contact, a movie so weirdly beautiful, so deeply imagined and so hilariously surreal that it changed lives, cured disease and turned water into unicorn milk. Now Shunichiro Miki flies solo to deliver a film full of nipple guitars, giant store owners, weiner guns and the Pinkie Pankie monster.

A Woman and War (Senso to Hitori no Onna)
Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm
**North American Premiere, Introduction and Q&A with Director Junichi Inoue
Japan. 2013. 98 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Junichi Inoue. With Noriko Eguchi, Masatoshi Nagase, Jun Murakami, Akira Emoto, Sakiko Takao, Hako Oshima.
The dignified heir to Koji Wakamatsu's glorious renegade film works,A Woman and War is a darker-than-hell moral shocker set towards the end of WWII. Nomura (Masatoshi Nagase) is a writer in despair. His companion is a former prostitute (Noriko Eguchi), who works in a bar. Many years ago, her father sold her to a brothel due to the family's severe financial hardships. The writer and the woman agree to live as husband and wife until the war ends. Meanwhile, Ohira (Jun Murakami) fought for Japan in China, and participated in unconscionable acts against civilians in the name of war. Returning to Japan with only one arm and a broken soul, he begins to prey on innocent women.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Thursday, July 11
8:30 - I’M FLASH! + guest intro/Q&A
Friday, July 12
6:00 - BAD FILM
Saturday, July 13
6:30 - IT’S ME IT’S ME + guest intro/Q&A
Sunday, July 14
Tuesday, July 16
7:30 - LIVE YOUR DREAM + guest intro/ Q&A
Wednesday, July 17
7:30 - A WOMAN AND WAR + guest intro/ Q&A
Thursday July 18
9:00 - THERE IS LIGHT + guest intro/ Q&A
Friday, July 19
Saturday, July 20
1:00 - DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 & KICK-HEART + guest intro
Sunday, July 21
5:30 - DEAREST

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