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December 6, 2013 – December 15, 2013

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.

A Story of Yonosuke

Directed by Shûichi Okita

In 1987, armed only with a bizarre-sounding name and an unruly mop of hair, 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke moves from his

Japan in a Day

Directed by Philip Martin, Gaku Narita

Following the success of the 2011 crowd-sourced YouTube film LIFE IN A DAY, producer Ridley Scott teamed with Fuji Television

Like Father, Like Son

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, acclaimed auteur Kore-eda’s (STILL WALKING, AFTER LIFE) latest drama centers on

Rurouni Kenshin

Directed by Keishi Ohtomo

Based on the popular manga and anime series, this live-action swashbuckler was the number one box office hit of 2012

The Kirishima Thing

Directed by Daihachi Yoshida

Like Hitchcock’s Rebecca, the titular character in Yoshida’s film is never seen onscreen, but his shadow looms large. Kirishima is

Thermae Romae

Directed by Hideki Takeuchi

Based on the best-selling manga series, Takeuchi’s comedic fantasy centers on Lucius (Hiroshi Abe, STILL WALKING), a bath designer in

Wolf Children

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

In this new anime from former Studio Ghibli animator and acclaimed director (SUMMER WARS) Mamoru Hosoda, a university student named