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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 and the Portland-Sapporo Sister City association, with additional support from Lane Powell PC, Shigezo Restaurant, the Japan America Society of Oregon, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.



Fri, Dec 5, 2014
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Sun, Dec 7, 2014
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NEKO SAMURAI
DIRECTOR: TAKESHI WATANABE & YOSHITAKA YAMAGUCHI
JAPAN, 2014

Starring acclaimed actor Kazuki Kitamura as Kyutaro Madarame, a masterless Samurai, the madcap NEKO SAMURAI wonders aloud: “what if we mashed up two of Japan’s most beloved cultural icons, the samurai and the cat?” The result: one of the most delightfully cute comedies to come from Japan in some time. A dog-loving clan hires Madarame, penniless and out of work; his task is to assassinate the prized white cat of a rival, cat-loving clan (the two clans have been fiercely battling for centuries, we learn). But when Madarame melts at the sight of the cat, failing at his duty and kidnapping the feline, both clans seek to exact revenge—on the samurai himself, and the imminent showdown will test the newly-inaugurated “cat person.” (100 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 6, 2014
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Sun, Dec 7, 2014
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FUKU-CHAN 
OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
DIRECTOR: YOSUKE FUJITA
JAPAN, 2014

Starring popular comedienne Miyuki Oshima (best known for her impersonations of crotchety old men) as Tatsuo Fukuda (alias Fuku-Chan), a well-meaning, knowledgeable, yet shy maintenance man at an average apartment building, FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS offers a spry look at modern Tokyo. Populated with eccentrics and oddballs, the building—and, of course, its tenants—seems in constant need of upkeep, which Fuku-Chan does with compassion, selflessness, and humor, although he is not exactly confident, especially with women. When Chiho (Asami Mizukawa)—an emerging photographer and former classmate of Fuku-Chan—reenters his life, it dredges up old wounds and reappraisal. “An engaging bittersweet comedy pleasure.”— Screen. (110 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 6, 2014
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Mon, Dec 8, 2014
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PATEMA INVERTED
DIRECTOR: YASUHIRO YOSHIURA
JAPAN, 2013

“An exhilarating tale of star-crossed love and overcoming impossible odds, PATEMA INVERTED is the richly inventive new film from young gun of the anime scene, Yasuhiro Yoshiura. In a distant future, rebellious teenager Patema lives underground in a grim industrial complex. Exploring the outer boundaries of her home one day, she stumbles into a hole and starts falling...up. Caught upside down, she is discovered by thoughtful surface-walker Age. Realizing that gravity works on each of them in different directions, the two embark on a perilous mission to uncover the dark forces ruling the world they thought they knew.”—Melbourne International Film Festival. (98 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 6, 2014
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Tue, Dec 9, 2014
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THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
DIRECTOR: MAMI SUNADA
JAPAN, 2013

Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most influential animation studio and one of the world’s most famous, is the subject of this fascinating documentary. With a heavy focus on the production of master animator and studio chief Hayao Miyazaki’s final film THE WIND RISES, Sunada explores the nuts and bolts of producing an animated feature from start to finish. Seeing the storyboards, drafts, sketches, work shopping, and experimentation provides a deep appreciation of Miyazaki, his craft, and his honored place in the world of animation. “The atmosphere inside Studio Ghibli may suggest a zen-like idyll, but animation is a painstaking—and sometimes painful—process...Sunada’s tour of the ‘Kingdom’ makes us appreciate the magic all the more.”—Variety. (118 mins.)

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Wed, Dec 10, 2014
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Sat, Dec 13, 2014
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UZUMASA LIMELIGHT
DIRECTOR: KEN OCHIAI
JAPAN, 2014

In this loose remake of Charlie Chaplin’s LIMELIGHT (1952), Ochiai thrusts the viewer into the highly structured world of chanbara (samurai film) production, but with a very particular subject: kirare-yaku, or actors whose sole job is to die on camera, often spectacularly. Kamiyama (real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto), the elder statesman of the craft, is nearing retirement. When his studio decides to end production of chanbara films, citing the public’s waning interest, Kamiyama is faced with impending retirement. However, the arrival of a promising young actress (Chihiro Yamamoto), who seeks tutelage from Kamiyama, reinvigorates not only the studio’s interest, but also the mentor’s desire “to be cut” during the limelight of his career. Audience Award, 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and Best Film, Fantasia International Film Festival. (103 mins.)

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Thu, Dec 11, 2014
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Sat, Dec 13, 2014
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MY MAN
DIRECTOR: KAZUYOSHI KUMAKIRI
JAPAN, 2014

In this Lolita-esque tale, promising young director Kumakiri (SKETCHES OF KAITAN CITY) weaves an elliptical narrative centering on Hana (Fumi Nikaido), a 10-year old girl who loses everything in a tsunami and is subsequently taken in by a distant relative, twenty-something Jungo (Tadanobu Asano). The two tentatively enter into a relationship both tender and troubling—which Kumakiri handles with restraint, in a deeply poetic mode, as Hana grows into a woman and her relationship with Jungo becomes increasingly complex. Featuring a haunting, intricate score by avant-garde legend Jim O’Rourke and gorgeous visuals courtesy Ryuto Kondo (A STORY OF YONOSUKE, THE KIRISHIMA THING), MY MAN is a provocative meditation on deep, unexplainable bonds born of personal tragedy. Winner, Best Film, 2014 Moscow International Film Festival. (128 mins.)

Mature audiences.


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Fri, Dec 12, 2014
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Sun, Dec 14, 2014
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DISCONCERTO
DIRECTOR: TATSUSHI OMORI
JAPAN, 2014

Omori’s new film, starring hot young actors Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda, is a freewheeling, idiosyncratic dive into big social issues through the unlikely lens of a buddy comedy. Tada (Eita), proprietor of a fledgling do-it-all service, is fed up with couch-crashing, pessimistic Gyoten (Matsuda), who has a colorful past populated with sketchy episodes and even sketchier characters. When several of these episodes resurface—including an emergency babysitting gig and Gyoten’s relationship with a religious cult leader—their friendship is pushed to the brink, leaving it to the optimistic Tada to find the silver lining. Eita and Matsuda, two of Japan’s hottest young actors, brilliantly play off each other in this unorthodox, uplifting comedy of errors. “A package of unsinkable charm!”—Vancouver International Film Festival. (124 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 13, 2014
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Sun, Dec 14, 2014
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THE TALE OF IYA
DIRECTOR: TETSUICHIRÔ TSUTA
JAPAN, 2013

Tokushima Prefecture’s Iya Valley, a stunningly beautiful natural area of southern Japan, is the true star of Tsuta’s tantalizing feature. The film follows two strands: Haruna (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who, as a baby, was the only survivor of a wreck. Found by an older man (dance legend Min Tanaka) living a simple life in the mountains of Iya, she grows up and faces the choice of staying in the mountains, or move to big city Tokyo. Meanwhile, a massive industrial project threatens the delicate natural balance of Iya, and a young man arriving with hopes of a quieter life is drawn into a battle between a monolithic corporation and a group of protestors. Between the threads of the story, the film’s cinematography (shot on 35mm) ushers us into a fever dream of “instant and startling brilliance.”—The Telegraph, UK. (169 mins.)

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Sun, Dec 14, 2014
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PORTLAND-SAPPORO SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION AND NWFC PRESENT: 2014 SAPPORO SHORTS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
JAPAN, 2014

Our sister city colleagues at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival in Sapporo, Japan, return to share a new program of highlights from this year’s ninth annual event. The program includes Tsunematsu Hideshi’s SAY A PRAYER ON TANUKI, a charming take on father-son relationships; Masaya Matsui’s MY LIFE IN THE LUNCHBOX, about a man’s obsession with his wife’s bento; Chie Hayakawa’s NIAGARA, a captivating tale of a girl meeting her grandparents for the first time; Paul Leeming’s AN AMERICAN PIANO, an earnest tale of a young, piano-playing girl and the POWs for whom she performs, and Yantong Zhu’s MY MILK CUP COW, a delightful animated film in which a father tells his daughter too many white lies. (82 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. A reception with the filmmakers will follow the screening—more information at info@portland-sapporo.org.


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