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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, uniquely blending traditional genres and classical forms with cutting-edge technology and dazzling imagery. This year’s Japanese Currents series highlights noteworthy Nipponese films which explore moods and issues central to contemporary Japanese society—comedies depicting the generation gap and loneliness in the modern world; narrative dramas sketching a legacy of yakuza violence and disillusionment with society’s hypocrisies; and a timely documentary chronicling the lives of Fukushima’s nuclear refugees. 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 Consulate General of Japan in Portland.



Sat, Dec 8, 2012
at 6:30 PM

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THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN
DIRECTOR: SHUICHI OKITA
JAPAN, 2011

Katsuhiko (played by Koji Yakusho, SHALL WE DANCE?, CURE, 13 ASSASSINS) is a surly lumberjack whose quiet routine gets interrupted when an indie film production invades his forest. Though at first resistant to the disturbance, he soon finds himself switching off his chainsaw for their takes, driving crew around to scout for locations, even stepping in as a zombie extra—makeup, zombie groans, and all! Along the way Katsuhiko forges an unlikely bond with the film’s young screenwriter/director, Koichi (Shun Oguri), whose crippling insecurities can only be soothed by Katsuhiko’s roughhewn wisdom and reassurance. Director Okita (THE CHEF OF SOUTH POLAR) has crafted a witty, warm-hearted ode to the formidable powers of film and friendship. (129 mins.)

With community support from the Portland Japanese Garden.


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Sat, Dec 8, 2012
at 9 PM

Sun, Dec 9, 2012
at 7 PM

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CUT
DIRECTOR: AMIR NADERI
JAPAN, 2011

Shuji (Hidetoshi Nishijima) worships as his gods Kurosawa, Ford, Ophüls, Godard, whose faces swim across his small Tokyo apartment. In his spare time, Shuji hosts free community screenings of classic films and paces the streets with his megaphone: “Film is not a whore! Cinema is art!” When his brother is murdered by a yakuza boss for debts incurred while financing Shuji’s films, Shuji must repay the money or face the same fate. At the yakuza bar where his brother died, Shuji finds thugs willing to pay for a human punching bag. But will he survive to see his debt repaid? Iranian filmmaker Naderi “has created both a requiem to the death of pure cinema and a heroic metaphor for the life of the artist.”—Chris MaGee (133 mins.)

Mature audiences.


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Sun, Dec 9, 2012
at 4 PM

SAPPORO SHORTS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
JAPAN, 2011-2012

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 Isamu Hirabayashi’s MATOU, in which the changing dress of a single model depicts the human life cycle (4 mins.); Taku Kuroda’s NAGE-IRE: ESSENCE OF JAPANESE SPIRIT, a mockumentary about the traditional art of ikebana nagire flower arrangement inspiring sister assassins who use floral stems as stilettos (25 mins.); Mirai Mizue’s TATAMP, a minimalistic animation set to the rhythm of an experimental percussive soundtrack (6 mins.); Albert Ventura’s SCRIPT, in which four strangers agree to an unusual experiment in exchange for the chance to win 100,000 yen (30 mins.); Akihito Izuhara’s LI.LI.TA.AL., which explores the beautiful animated fantasy world of Vita-Lakamaya, with its melancholic chanting characters and stunning natural landscapes (8 mins.); and Junichi Kanai’s TRANSFERRING, in which a mischievous schoolgirl befriends a new transfer to her class (20 mins.). (Total program: 93 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association.

Join us after the program for a reception hosted by the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association.


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Tue, Dec 11, 2012
at 7 PM

Fri, Dec 14, 2012
at 7 PM

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NUCLEAR NATION
DIRECTOR: ATSUSHI FUNAHASHI
JAPAN, 2012

After the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, and the subsequent hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, towns across Fukushima Prefecture were evacuated. Among them was the small town of Futaba, whose 1,415 residents were relocated to an abandoned school in suburban Tokyo. In this rich mosaic, director Funahashi follows Futaba’s townspeople over the course of 10 months, including the town’s mayor as he lobbies the government and power company for answers and aid, a young man mourning his mother who was swept away in the tsunami and whose body will never be recovered, and a farmer who defies government sanctions by returning to his farm to feed his “fellow survivors,” his cows. NUCLEAR NATION breaks through the headlines, hype, and hysteria to tell the stories of Japan’s nuclear refugees who may never be able to return home. (96 mins.)

Sponsored by Lane Powell PC.


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Wed, Dec 12, 2012
at 7 PM

Thu, Dec 13, 2012
at 7 PM

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MITSUKO DELIVERS
DIRECTOR: YÛYA ISHII
JAPAN, 2011

Abandoned by her American boyfriend during a trip to California, Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) returns to Tokyo broke and nine months pregnant. But she isn’t the type to let circumstances get her down. Her motto is: “Wait until the wind blows, then go with it.” When the wind blows her back to the tenement where she grew up, Mitsuko marches in and proceeds to fix everyone’s lives, including her bedridden landlady and her childhood sweetheart who now runs his family’s diner. Her assertive optimism, offered up to neighbors regardless of their willingness to receive it, may be atypical of traditional Japanese mores of female behavior, but set against a scene of economic depression and uncertainty, director Ishii (SAWAKO DECIDES) portrays Mitsuko as a fearless, endearing breath of fresh air in this quirky comedy. (109 mins.)

Sponsored by Kat Arai Gardner, iPropertiesNW.com LLC.


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Fri, Dec 14, 2012
at 9 PM

Sat, Dec 15, 2012
at 9:30 PM

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MONSTERS CLUB
DIRECTOR: TOSHIAKI TOYODA
JAPAN, 2011

Disgusted with society, Ryochi (Eita) withdraws to a small cabin deep in the mountains where, with no electricity, he hunts and gathers his food, reads for entertainment, and prepares pipe bombs to ship off to CEOs of various companies he blames for society’s degradation. In the snowy, silent landscape, Ryochi finds himself beset with visitors—a younger sister Mikana who tries to persuade him to return to “the industrial world”; his two brothers Kenta and Yuki, both of whom have been dead for years; and a strange forest creature whose colorful face haunts him. Inspired in part by Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto against the industrial world, MONSTERS CLUB is a painterly, evocative portrayal of one man’s struggle against the status quo and subsequent descent into madness. (72 mins.)

Mature audiences.


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Sat, Dec 15, 2012
at 7 PM

Sun, Dec 16, 2012
at 4:30 PM

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RENT-A-CAT
DIRECTOR: NAOKO OGIGAMI
JAPAN, 2012

“Naoko Ogigami’s funny, oddball paean to the lovesick embraces Japanese ‘kawaii’ (cute) culture without sacrificing emotional depth as it follows the day-to-day travails of a quirky young woman named Sayoko (Mikako Ichikawa) who rents out her large brood of felines to the similarly solitary and heartbroken. Sayoko takes pains to match each of her beloved felines with the right client (an aging widow, an officious car rental agent, a genuflecting businessman) in order to fill the specific emotional holes in their lives. As Sayoko, the charmingly goofy Ichikawa possesses a winning combination of spunk and vulnerability. ... Bittersweet and tender rather than simply twee, RENT-A-CAT is a touching, ramshackle delight.”—Mill Valley Film Festival (110 mins.)

Sponsored by Shigezo.


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