The Eforie Hall of the Romanian Cinematheque will host at the end of June the Japanese Film Festival. Here are the films which will be shown within the event, as well as the dates and times for the projections.
ANO NATSU, ICHIBAN
SHIZUKA NA UMI/ A SCENE AT THE SEA
Sunday, June 27, 19:00
Japan, 1991/ colour/ Eng. Subs/ Drama
Dir. by Takeshi Kitano; Starring: Maki Kuroudo, Oshima Hiroko, Kawahara Sabu
Shigeru, a young deaf-mute man who works as a garbage man, finds one day a broken surf board. After fixing it, he tries to learn this sport on his own. It is one of the few romances directed by Takeshi Kitano, more famous for his violent creations.
KURAIMÂZU HAI/ CLIMBER’S HIGH
Thursday, June 24, 18:00
Japan, 2008/ colour/ Rom. subs/Drama, based on a novel by Hideo Yokoyama
Dir. by Masatao Harada; Starring: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Masato Sakai, Machiko Ono
The film is based on the true story of the greatest crash in the history of Japanese aircraft, which occurred on August 12, 1985, when a JAL passenger flight, with 524 passengers aboard, crashed in a mountain area in Gunma Prefecture. Only four of the people aboard survived.
Friday, June 25, 19:00
Japan, 2006/ colour/ Eng. subs/Drama, based on a novel by Kirino Natsuo
Dir. by Sakamoto Junji, starring: Fubuki Jun, Tanaka Tetsushi, Tokiwa Takako
The story is set in contemporary Tokyo. Toshiko’s quiet life seems to come to an end following the sudden death of her husband, recently retired. The film was selected in the 2007 Tokyo Film Festival selection.
KAMUI NO KEN/ THE DAGGER OF KAMUI
Saturday, June 26, 19:00
Japan, 1998/ colour/ Eng. subs/ Animation film, based on an original script by Toru Yano
Dir. by Taro Lin
The plot is set in the 19th century, in a village in Northern Japan, where an innkeeper finds, aboard a drifting boat, a boy named Jiro. The child has on him an impressive dagger – the Dagger of Kamui. When Jiro turns 13, his foster parents are killed, and the boy, under suspicion for murder, is forced to flee the village and seek refuge with the priest Tenkai.
KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI/ SCARRED ANGELS
Monday, June 28, 19:00
Japan, 1997/ colour/ Eng. Subs/ Drama
Dir. By Sakamoto Junji; Starring: Etsushi Toyokawa, Maki Claude, Tomoyo Harada
The plot is set in Tokyo and in various regions in Northern Japan, in the mid-‘90’s. Kida Mitsuru works, together with his assistant, Hisashi, at a detective agency on Yokota, near Tokyo. Just as he was about to leave town following some arguments with Hisashi, he decides to take one more case.
Wednesday, June 30, 19:00
Japan, 2002/ colour/ Eng. Subs/ Drama, based on an original script by Nakasone Miiko
Dir. by Nakae Yuji; Starring: Kurashita Honami, Yo Kimiko, Taira Tomi
Hotel Hibiscus has only one guest room. At the Hotel, Mieko, a nine-year old girl, is living happily with her father, grandmother, brother and stepsister. One day, as she is coming back from school, Mieko saves a boy named Notojima and the latter becomes the only hotel guest.