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Japan Cuts Film Festival 2008 Brochure, Cover


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All brochure copy written and edited myself, as well as creating design concept. The festival drew nearly 6000 people over the course of 12 days, increasing attendance by 30% from the previous year.

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Japan Cuts Film Festival 2008 Brochure, Cover

  1. 1. W E D N E S D AY T H U R S D AY F R I D AY S AT U R D AY S U N D AY JA PA N C U T S 2 3 4 5 6 SCHEDULE 6:30 4:20 pm 12:15 pm 1 pm 1:15 pm Adrift in Tokyo Accuracy of Death Always: Sunset on Third Sad Vacation OPENING FILM The Mourning Forest* Street—2 * Denotes special guest introduction and/or Q&A 6:15 2:30 4 preceded by Tarachime United Red Army* The Origin of Naomi Dainipponjin 1:45 Long Cuts Kawase Part 1* Digista Vol. VI with pre-screening talk at 3 pm Short Cuts ( F R E E A D M I S S I O N ) 3:15 6:30 4:15 Turtle Bay Cuts ( F R E E A D M I S S I O N ) Shadow of Sand Fine, Totally Fine Lazarus—The House of the Rising Sun 4 8 Yasukuni The Origin of Naomi 6 Kawase Part 2* JVC Tokyo Video Festival 5 Off Highway 20 7:45 8:45 A Permanent Part-Timer Accuracy of Death 6:30 in Distress Fine, Totally Fine 8:15 6:45 Always: Sunset on Third Planet + 1 Selection: Street—2 Immoral Films 8:15 J U LY 2–1 3 , 2 0 0 8 Open Art Animation 9 Sukiyaki Western Django followed by Sukiyaki Western Party M O N D AY T U E S D AY 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 6:45 6:30 8:45 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 12:45 pm 12:45 pm Vortex and Others The Mourning Forest Kisaragi Yasukuni Filmful Life Near Equal Kusama Yayoi— Sakuran I Adore Myself * preceded by Tarachime 7:30 6:45 6:45 pm 1 United Red Army* 6:45 Open Art Animation A Permanent Part-Timer 1:15 A Girl in the Sunset with pre-screening talk Digista Vol. VI in Distress JVC Tokyo Video Festival 8:15 3 at 6:30 pm 8:15 Planet + 1 Selection: 8:15 3:15 A Gentle Breeze in the 8:45 Shadow of Sand Immoral Films Off Highway 20 Gummi, Chocolate, Pine Village 893239 9 8:30 3:30 3:15 Gummi, Chocolate, Pine The Inugami Family The Origin of Naomi Lazarus—The House of the Kawase Part 1 Rising Sun 5:30 5:15 The Origin of Naomi 893239 Kawase Part 2 5:30 5:45 C LO S I N G F I L M Murder of the Inugami Clan Kisaragi 7:30 Vortex and Others 8:30 Sakuran followed by Red Light Party Kisaragi
  2. 2. The Origin of Naomi Kawase In these short documentaries, Naomi Kawase establishes her own language to express a world filled with isolation that plays a fundamental role in her filmmaking today. Part 1: Embracing & KyaKaRaBaA Thursday, July 3 at 6:15 pm & Saturday, July 12 at 3:30 pm Lazarus—The House of the Rising Sun Kawase strives to face her history in the search for her unseen Sunday, July 6 at 4:15 pm & Sunday, July 13 at 3:15 pm father in Embracing. Eight years later, she tries to make a sequel Mayumi is ambivalent when her frustrated sister Naoko returns to to Embracing, but soon finds out her father is already dead in their economically declining hometown. After small disagreements KyaKaRaBaA. Kawase pushes herself to the edge of her sanity, they appear to be reconciled, but then Naoko provokes a catastrophe. slowly driving the film to merge with a fictional world. Japan 2007, 81 min. Directed by Kishu Izuchi. Total running time approximately 90 min. Embracing (Nitsutsumarete) 1992, 40 min. KyaKaRaBaA 2001, 50 min. Part 2: Grandmother Trilogy Thursday, July 3 at 8 pm & Saturday, July 12 at 5:30 pm M E E T C U T S ! Q & A with director Naomi Kawase following The only large-scale annual Japanese film festival in North the July 3 screening. America brings a sizable slice of Japan’s contemporary Kawase affectionately films the daily life of the great aunt who Shadow of Sand raised her, growing vegetables and flowers in the garden as a film scene to New York City! With nearly 20 feature films Saturday, July 5 at 3:15 pm & Monday, July 7 at 8:15 pm way to reassure her of their relationship as a family. and over 60 shorts, JAPAN CUTS promises to give the Total running time approximately 100 min. Yukie has an idyllic relationship with her boyfriend Tamagawa, but Katatsumori 1994, 40 min. her behavior at work grows increasingly bizarre. Majima, an outsider, first taste of Japan’s most recent films ranging from major See Heaven (Ten mitake) 1995, 10 min. tries befriending her but senses a dark secret. blockbusters and breakthrough films, to the internationally Hi wa Katabuki 1996, 45 min. 2007, 76 min. Directed by Yusuke Kaida. acclaimed and highly controversial. * Don’t miss the NY Premiere of Kawase’s award-winning film The Mourning Forest, page 1. FEAT U RIN G LONG CU TS A Girl in the Sunset 18 U.S. and NY premiere feature films, including a sidebar tribute Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm Off Highway 20 to late filmmaker Kon Ichikawa’s two Inugami films. Saturday, July 5 at 5 pm & Friday, July 11 at 8:15 pm Based on four early novellas by Noble Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata, these four short films are by emerging directors from the second Glue-sniffing, pachinko-playing Hisashi just hangs out while his SHORT CU TS graduating class of the new Graduate School of Film and New Media debts rise. One day an old biker pal invites him on a journey into at Japan’s top art school, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and the provincial underbelly along Route 20. What they get is a high- Over 60 short films from Japan’s emerging independent filmmakers Music (Tokyo Geidai), where famed directors Takeshi Kitano and tension trip through a very different Japan. and video artists plus a special highlight on Naomi Kawase. Kiyoshi Kurosawa teach. 2007, 77 min. Directed by Katsuya Tomita. Total running time 100 min. M EET CU TS An Italian Song, the Rebirth of a Woman. Directed by Saki Yamada. Written by Mika Kobayashi. With Yumiko Yoshitaka. Meet the filmmakers behind this year’s hottest films through Mind of Maidens, the Mystique of Young Women. Directed by introductions, Q&As and discussions. Natsuki Seta. Written by Ayumi Kannno.With Maiko Yamada. Sisters of Asakusa. Directed by Yuichiro Yoshida. Written by Taku T U RT LE BAY CU TS Yamada and Ayumi Kannno. With Haru and Hanae Kan. A Girl in the Blazing Sunset. Directed by Shinju Funabiki.Written by Free screening of an award-winning film for the community of Koki Tawada. With Tomorowo Taguchi and Yuka Hoshaku. Turtle Bay and beyond. A Permanent Part-Timer in Distress Sunday, July 6 at 7:45 pm & Friday, July 11 at 6:45 pm JAPAN CU TS LOU NGE Iwabuchi documents his bizarre situation and contradictory feelings as a part-timer with bitter but hilarious irony. Open for drinks! Hang out and cool down between and after films! 2007, 67 min. Directed by Hiroki Iwabuchi. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TICKETS Kayo Yoshida and Yoko Kawase (Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc., Sakuran and A Gentle Breeze in the Village); Seiji Itaki and Takako Matsumoto (B.B.B. Inc., Near Equal Kusama Yayoi: I Adore Myself); Ken Hashimoto (CCRE, Gummi, Chocolate, Pine); Chinlin Hsieh and Pascale Ramonda (Celluloid Dreams, The Mourning Forest); Yunhui Zhang, Takayuki Nakamura and Kanae Matsuzawa (Dragon Films Inc., Yasukuni); Katrina Wan (First Look, Sukiyaki Western Django); Yucca Seki and Mayumi Nagumo (Kadokawa Pictures, Inc., LO N G C U T S Filmful Life, The Inugami Family, and Murder Of The Inugami Clan); Yuko Naito (Kumie, Tarachime); Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures, Dainipponjin); Michiko Komatsu (Micott & Basara Inc., Kisaragi); Alexander Zahlten (Nippon Connection Festival on Tour, Nippon Connection); Fumiko Nagata (Nippon Television Network Corporation, Always 2 and $11 general/$7 Japan Society members & seniors. Accuracy Of Death); Mariko Tazawa (Slow Learner, Inc., Shadow Of Sand); Yuko Shiomaki (Stylejam, Fine, Totally Fine, Adrift In Tokyo and Sad Vacation); Koji Wakamatsu (Wakamatsu Production, United Red Army); Asako Otomo (Yugakusha, United Red Army). SPECIAL TICKET PRICES: Sukiyaki Western Django July 5, followed by Sukiyaki Western Party SPECIAL THANKS $15/$12 Japan Society members Kyoko Hirano; Go Hirasawa; Asako Kobayashi, A Girl in the Sunset; Shinobu Koide; Noriko Komura; Mizue Kunizane, Dongyu; Marc Walkow, Grady Hendrix, Brian Naas, Goran Topalovic, Daniel Craft and Paul Kazee, Subway Cinema; Hyoe Yamamoto. Sakuran July 12, followed by Red Light Party $15/$12 Japan Society members Accuracy of Death © 2008 “Accuracy of Death” Film Partners; Adrift in Tokyo © Ten-Ten Film Partners; Always: Sunset on Third Street—2 © 2007 “Always 2” Film Partners; Dainipponjin © 2007 Yoshimoto Kogyo Co Ltd.; Filmful Life © 2006 “Ichikawa Kon Monogatari” Film Partners; Fine, Totally Fine © 2007 “Fine, Totally Fine” Film Partners; A Gentle Breeze in the Village © 2007 “Tennen Kokekko” Film Partners T U RT L E B AY C U T S © KURAMOCHI FUSAKO/SHUEISHA; A Girl in the Sunset © 2007 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music/Geneon Entertainment Inc.; Gummi, Chocolate, Pine © 2007 GUMICHOCO Film Partners; The Inugami Family © 1976 Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.; Kisaragi © 2007 “KISARAGI” Film Partners; The Mourning Forest © KUMIE/Celluloid Dreams Production/Visual Arts College Osaka; Murder of the Inugami Free admission Clan (TBC) © 2006 “Inugamike no Ichizoku” Film Partners; Near Equal Kusama Yayoi: I Adore Myself © 2008 B.B.B. Inc. ©YAYOI KUSAMA; Sad Vacation © 2007 SAD VACATION Film Partners; Sakuran © 2007 SAKURAN Film Committee © Moyoco Anno/Kodansha; Sukiyaki Western Django © 2007 “Sukiyaki Western Django” Film Partners; Tarachime and The Origin of Naomi Kawase © Kumie Inc.; Yasukuni © 2007 Dragon Films Inc./Beijing Film Academy Youth Studio/Beijing Zhongkun Film Inc.; United Red Army © Wakamatsu Production. S H O RT C U T S Free admission Ms. Machiko Kashiwagi and CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Mr. Stephen W. Dizard Ms. Wakako Ohara Box Office: Monday–Friday, 10 am–4:45 pm Mr. Robert H. Ellsworth Alex B. Pagel Mr. Thomas Bingham Margot Paul Ernst Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Parker $100,000 and over Mr. William Laurent 333 East 47th St. between 1st & 2nd Ave. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gill Mr. William G. Parrett The Globus Family * Dr. Stephen and Michiko Levine (212) 715-1258 Ms. June Omura Goldberg* Shelly and Lester Richter Joan B. Mirviss Jack and Susy Wadsworth Shelley and Donald Rubin Ms. Mariko O. Gordon and Ms. Hiroko Onoyama www.japansociety.org/film Ms. Patricia Salmon Mr. Hugh Cosman Michael W. Oshima $50,000 and over Fredric T. Schneider Mrs. April Riddle Gow and Thierry Porte and Yasko Tashiro Mr. Chris A. Wachenheim Ms. Gail Garfield Schwartz Mr. Roderick C. Gow OBE Ms. Sachiko Tsuchiya All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Programs are subject to change. Elaine Sheng and Samuel Jamier Susan Hancock Anonymous (2) $25,000 and over Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Simon Dr. Gail D. Hashimoto Ms. Yoko Makino Lea Sneider Mrs. Seiji Hatakeyama Snider Family Fund $1,000 and over Ms. Susan Heck $10,000 and over Roy Ashikari David Solo Mr. David S. Howe* JAPAN CUTS is funded by grants from The Japan Foundation Mr. Bal G. Das Mr. Azhaday Asiadai* Sarah D. Solomon Ms. Chie Imai and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Dr. John K. Gillespie Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland Steven and Hitomi Spence Mr. and Mrs. Tamotsu Inami Mary and Bill Baskett Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado Tomi Ise $5,000 and over Martin and Mary Ann Baumrind Mr. John Tancock Mr. James E. Kirk Joshua S. Levine and Nozomi Terao* Mr. and Mrs. Norton Belknap Martin and Kathleen Feldstein Barbara Ann Klein Mr. and Mrs. Marc Benda Mrs. Nora Tezanos Sebastian and Miki Izzard Mark and Elizabeth Levine Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Bernard Mr. and Mrs. Dean R. Thacker Mr. and Mrs. John L. Lindsey Ms. Kaori Kawazu Mr. Graeme Birchall Additional support is provided by Erik and Cornelia Thomsen Rosemarie and Leighton R. Longhi Mr. Brian F. Prince Ms. Reiko Braun* Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Twombly Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden Mr. Justin A. Rockefeller Mrs. Kiyoko Ohata Brown Mr. and Mrs. Cor van den Heuvel Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lyons Yoshiko and Tim Schilt* Transportation assistance is provided by Mary Griggs Burke Marie-Helene Weill Mr. Morton H. Meyerson Mr. Mark T. Campbell Mr. Howard Wolfson Ms. Constance Miller $2,500 and over Mr. Alejandro M. Carosso Mr. and Mrs. Katsura Yamaguchi Mrs. Keiko Mimura Japan Society’s 2007–08 Film Programs are generously supported Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Anderson Dr. Victoria Chan-Palay Mr. Keiichi Yoshikawa Satoko Miyake and Aaron Nir Mr. Mark S. Barres by The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Beatrice Lei Chang Anonymous Etsuko O. Morris Mr. Raphael Bernstein Babette and Carmel Cohen Mr. Naoto Nakagawa Mrs. Catherine G. Curran† Pilar Conde Dr. Tatsuji Namba* Anne Delaney Charles Cowles Klaus F. Naumann Festival trailer and logo by Motomichi, www.motomichi.com. Kurt A. Gitter M.D. and Alice Yelen Charles T. Danziger As of June 9, 2008 Marjorie G. Neuwirth Mr. Mark F. Goldfield and Mr. Thomas Danziger and Ann Richards Nitze † Deceased August 2007 Ms. Mary E. Hatch Ms. Laura B. Whitman Mr. and Mrs. John and Kathleen Nolan *Japan Society acknowledges with gratitude the Lesley Nan Haberman Peggy and Richard M. Danziger Halsey and Alice North generous donors who contribute specifically to Mr. Jon Hutcheson* Ms. Jane DeBevoise and Mr. Paul Calello Mr. Mark O’Friel the Film Program 5 Dainipponjin