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New Japanese Cinema
Film : Sakuran
8 pm Friday, August 15, 2008 Remis Auditorium
Sakuran by Mika Ninagawa (Japan, 2006, 111 min.). Director Mika Ninagawa weaves the viewer through a stylishly colored and boldly shot tale of the real lives of classical Japan’s top prostitutes in this feature starring Kamikaze Girls actress Anna Tsuchiya. Set in eighteenth-century Edo (Tokyo), Japan, Sakuran traces the life of Kiyoha as she ascends from the lowly courtesan ranks to the high-class position of Oiran in the steamy red-light district of Yoshiwara. “Sakuran is a gorgeous, vibrant, and simply beautiful movie, stunningly visual, lavish, and absolutely mesmerizing” (twitchfilm.com). In Japanese with English subtitles.
Film : The Mourning Forest
12:15 pm Saturday, August 16, 2008 Remis Auditorium
The Mourning Forest by Naomi Kawase (Japan, 2007, 97 min.). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2007, this film pairs an elderly man whose dementia confines him to a nursing home with the young nurse who befriends him. On this unexpected journey of discovery, an eloquent story unfolds against the lush and tranquil setting of western Japan, where Kawase’s natural touch as a filmmaker creates an inner geography of emotion. “The Mourning Forest is a marvel of quietly observant moments that gather a tremendous cumulative force” (film critic Emanuel Levy). In Japanese with English subtitles.