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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Japanese Currents

Like Japanese fashion and pop culture, Japanese film remains in the international vanguard, blending traditional genres and classical forms with cutting-edge technology and dazzling imagery. This year’s Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to samurai epic, documentary to family melodrama, while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, the series offers a fresh take on Japanese culture and a showcase of the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today.

Special thanks to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from Sapporo USA, the Japan America Society of Oregon, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.



Fri, Dec 6, 2013
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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
DIRECTOR: HIROKAZU KORE-EDA
JAPAN, 2013

Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, acclaimed auteur Kore-eda’s (STILL WALKING, AFTER LIFE) latest drama centers on the seemingly perfect Nonomiya family. Ryota, a successful, workaholic architect, lives in a Tokyo high-rise with doting wife Midori and young son Keita, who plays the piano and is interviewing for admission into a top-notch grade school. Then a call from the hospital where Keita was born informs them of an unfortunate switch that day six years ago—Keita is not their biological son. He belongs to the Saiki family, who lead a carefree, unpretentious existence in the back rooms of their suburban store and who have raised the Nonomiyas’ son Ryusei as their own. Ryota, himself raised by a woman not his mother, must decide: what constitutes fatherhood, and who is his true son? “Sublimely moving.”—Variety. (120 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 7, 2013
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A STORY OF YONOSUKE
DIRECTOR: SHUICHI OKITA
JAPAN, 2013

In 1987, armed only with a bizarre-sounding name and an unruly mop of hair, 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke moves from his rural home in Nagasaki Prefecture to attend college in Tokyo. Bumbling, socially awkward, but with a cheerful smile, Yonosuke befriends two fellow dancers in the school samba club, a high-class call girl who frequents the hotel where he works, and the daughter of a rich industrialist with whom he begins a stumbling courtship. Interwoven in the period narrative are present-day scenes of Yonosuke’s friends reminiscing about their time with him and the joy he brought to their lives. Director Okita (THE CHEF OF SOUTH POLAR, THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN) blends coming-of-age comedy and subtle sentimentality to fashion a warm-hearted film about post-Fukushima optimism and faith in human kindness. (160 mins.)

Sponsored by Lane Powell PC.


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Sun, Dec 8, 2013
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SAPPORO SHORTS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
JAPAN, 2012-2013

VISITING ARTISTS—In honor of our sister city colleagues at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival in Sapporo, Japan, we present a program of short films culled from the festival. The program includes Shigeyoshi Tsukahara’s animated fantasy HASHI NO MUKOU, Yosuke Yamaguchi’s short drama AN AWKWARD GRACE, Tomoki Kurogi’s animated travel-dream CYCLOID, Yuichiro Taniguchi’s mischievous comedy SECRET OF THE RING, Kouki Tange’s music video parody SAKURA, Kouki Tange’s ode to middle-aged rockers KURUMI, Kimie Tanaka’s short drama KOTOBUKI, mt.pt's Hatsune Miku-starring animated music video COMPUTER OVERTURE, and Satsuki Ohkawa’s post-3/11 meditation LITTLE KYOTA NEON HOOD. (Total program: 109 mins.)

Sapporo Short Fest organizers Toshiya Kubo and Takashi Homma will be in attendance to introduce the program. Sponsored by the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association. Join us after the program for a reception hosted by the PSSCA in honor of our Sapporo guests.


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Sun, Dec 8, 2013
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Mon, Dec 9, 2013
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JAPAN IN A DAY
DIRECTOR: PHILIP MARTIN, GAKU NARITA
JAPAN/UNITED KINGDOM, 2012

Following the success of the 2011 crowd-sourced YouTube film LIFE IN A DAY, producer Ridley Scott teamed with Fuji Television to capture life in Japan after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, 8,000 people across Japan recorded their experiences: an elderly couple combs through the wrecked home of a lost friend, a father monitors radiation levels in the backyard where his children play, a young man ponders the beauty of cherry blossoms blooming amidst the devastation,and a little girl born during the earthquake celebrates her first birthday. From over 300 hours of submitted footage, directors Martin and Narita have woven a moving, life-affirming film celebrating the courage and resilience of the Japanese people and the human spirit. (92 mins.)

followed by

NARROW PASSAGE TO THE DEEP NORTH
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH KRAKORA
US 2013

In this short film, director Krakora interweaves poetry with photographs and television footage of the March 2011 disaster into a thoughtful mosaic of the hearts and minds of the Japanese people. (23 mins.)


With community support from the Portland Japanese Garden.


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Tue, Dec 10, 2013
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Wed, Dec 11, 2013
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THERMAE ROMAE
DIRECTOR: HIDEKI TAKEUCHI
JAPAN, 2012

Based on the best-selling manga series, Takeuchi’s comedic fantasy centers on Lucius (Hiroshi Abe, STILL WALKING), a bath designer in ancient Rome whose career is in decline due to his inability to innovate. Dejected, Lucius goes to relax at a public bathhouse, where a drain-turned-time-portal lands him in a “sento” (neighborhood bathhouse) in modern-day Japan. Stunned by the modern inventions around him, including hair dryers, laundry baskets, and fruit-flavored drinks, he returns to Rome bursting with ideas and soon finds himself commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian. Meanwhile, tailing Lucius in his travels through the millennia is aspiring manga artist Mami (Aya Ueto), enchanted by the sudden appearance of this Roman god and eager to make him her own. For his role as the time-traveling bath designer, Abe won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards. “Cheekily entertaining.”—Variety. (108 mins.)

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013
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Sun, Dec 15, 2013
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THE KIRISHIMA THING
DIRECTOR: DAIHACHI YOSHIDA
JAPAN, 2012

Like Hitchcock’s Rebecca, the titular character in Yoshida’s film is never seen onscreen, but his shadow looms large. Kirishima is the leader of the “in” crowd at his high school, star player on the volleyball team, but when he suddenly quits the team and doesn’t show up for class, the resulting chaos reveals a delicate web of social politics. The “cool” kids, including Kirishima’s best friend Hiroki and girlfriend Risa, struggle to define themselves without him, while the “nerds” exploit the confusion to make their own voices heard, as in the case of film club geek Maeda who begins filming his dream zombie movie, “Student Council of the Living Dead.” More than a high school comedy, Yoshida’s superb ensemble piece explores the pressures of conformity in Japanese society and won the Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards. (103 mins.)

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Fri, Dec 13, 2013
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Sat, Dec 14, 2013
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RUROUNI KENSHIN
DIRECTOR: KEISHI OHTOMO
JAPAN, 2012

Based on the popular manga and anime series, this live-action swashbuckler was the number one box office hit of 2012 in Japan. After participating in the Boshin War, the legendary samurai known as Battōsai (Takeru Sato) leaves his sword behind on the battlefield and vows never to kill again. Adopting the name Kenshin Himura and bearing an X-shaped scar upon his cheek, he wanders the country offering protection and aid to the unfortunate in atonement for his past. When he arrives in Tokyo, he encounters Kaoru (Emi Takei), whose fencing school is threatened by a greedy opium dealer and his posse of mercenaries—including an assassin claiming to be Batto¯sai. To defend Kaoru and to find the imposter, Kenshin must once again take up his sword. (134 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 14, 2013
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Sun, Dec 15, 2013
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WOLF CHILDREN
DIRECTOR: MAMORU HOSODA
JAPAN, 2012

In this new anime from former Studio Ghibli animator and acclaimed director (SUMMER WARS) Mamoru Hosoda, a university student named Hana falls in love with a mysterious drifter who turns out to be a wolf-spirit, shape-shifting between canine and human form. When he disappears, Hana must raise their two shape-shifting wolf children alone. But how do you keep wolf children from gnawing on table legs and howling all night? Do you take them to a pediatrician or veterinarian? Fearing discovery, Hana moves to an isolated home in the mountains where Japan’s ancient wolves once lived and where she hopes her children can grow up in peace. A stunning, poignant film that will charm audiences of all ages, WOLF CHILDREN was named Best Animated Film at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards. (117 mins.)

Sponsored by Shigezo.


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