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Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church

6929 Franklin Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95823

SACRAMENTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

14th Annual

July 20-22, 2018 •  Crest Theatre

1013 K Street •  Sacramento


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2018 SJFF Films / Festival Schedule

SISTERS OF THE GION (GION NO KYŌDAI)

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 11:30 AM, Director:  Kenji Mizoguchi


Two geishas are sisters in the working class district of Gion in Kyoto before World War II. Omocha is modern and fickle with her patrons while Umekichi is traditional and faithful. Sisters of the Gion takes an uncompromising look at the social forces which kept many women on the bottom rung of the social and economic ladder in Japan. The film established Mizoguchi as one of Japan’s greatest film directors. (1936, 69 minutes, Black & White, Japanese w/English subtitles)




IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (KONO SEKAI NO KATASUMI NI)

Saturday, July 21, 2:00 PM, Director:  Sunao Katabuchi


Suzu Urano, an artistic young bride who is 18 years old, leaves her home town and moves to Kure, a small town near Hiroshima during the closing days of WWII. Her husband is away in Japan’s inland sea fighting for the final defense of Japan. Getting to know her in-laws, raids, and food rations have become a part of Suzu’s daily life. A poignant coming of age story during the closing days of WWII. 2017 Japanese Academy Award for Best Animation Film; 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Jury Award Feature Film (2016, 129 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)

OH LUCY!

SATURDAY, July 21, 4:30 PM, Director:  Atsuko Hirayanagi


Setsuko is a middle aged woman with a dead-end job. She meets her niece, Mika, who convinces her aunt to take a required English course in Mika’s place. Setsuko attends the class and meets the American instructor, John. He gives each of the students an English name and a wig to wear. Setsuko’s new name is Lucy and her wig is blond. She falls for John who unexpectedly leaves for home. Lucy and her sister follow John to Los Angeles. 2016 Sundance NHK (Japan National Public Broadcasting) Award to Atsuko Hirayanagi. (2016, 96 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)

AFTER THE STORM (UMI YORI MO MADA FUKAKU)

SATURDAY, July 21, 7:45 PM, Director:  Hirokazu Kore’eda


Ryota is a failed novelist and gambling addict who routinely raids his mother’s apartment to find his deceased father’s belongings to sell. To get material for his next book, he spends a lot of time writing notes about fellow passengers on buses and trains. Ryota is also behind in alimony and child support payments to his soon-to-be ex-wife, Kyoko, who has lost her patience with him. She is busy making a new life for herself and their son, Shingo. Ryota’s saving grace is his love for Shingo who doesn’t spend much time with his Dad. Kore’eda’s film presents Ryota without judgment and with the all-seeing, compassionate eye of one of Japan’s greatest film directors. 2017 On Line Critics Society Award for Best Non-English Film. (2016, 117 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


THE ITO SISTERS: AN AMERICAN STORY

Sunday, July 22, 5:00 PM, Director:  Antonia Grace Glenn


Antonia Glenn wrote, produced, and directed her documentary on three Japanese Nisei sisters, Natsuye (Nancy); Haruye (Lillian); and Hideko (Hedy) who were born on a farm in the Sacramento Delta near the Sacramento River. Antonia is the granddaughter of middle sister. The sisters’ lives are impacted by events that span from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, to The Great Depression, to World War II, and to our present time. The Ito Sisters is a treasure with rare archival photos, film, and the personal testimony of three remarkable women. 2018 Sacramento Japanese Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award. (2017, 82 minutes, English)

TOKYO FAMILY (TOKYO KAZOKU)

Sunday, July 22, 2:00 PM, Director:  Yoji Yamada


An old, married couple, Shukichi and Tomiko live on a small island near Hiroshima. They come to Tokyo to see their three children: Koichi, a doctor with his own hospital; Shigeko, who owns a beauty salon; and Shuji, who designs sets for the theater. Their one Sunday outing as a family is cancelled because of a medical emergency at Koichi’s hospital. To compensate, Koichi and Shigeko treat their parents to a holiday at a resort. There are many similarities to Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story. Tokyo Family is a gentle film that lacks the harsh judgments of Tokyo Story. 2013 Winner, Golden Spike Award, Valladolid International Film Festival. (2013, 146 Minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)

MUMON: THE LAND OF STEALTH (SHINOBI NO KUNI)

Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:30 PM, Director:  Yoshihiro Nakamura


Based upon the historic 1600 Battle of Sekigahara between the ninja warriors and the samurai of Iga Japan. Ninja warriors, experts in espionage, infiltration, and guerrilla warfare, close in on Iga, home of the Iga samurai. Mumon is the greatest of the ninjas. He is also extremely lazy and only fights to make good on his promises for a good life that he made to his bride, Okuni, when he kidnapped her. In preparation for this film, Satoshi Ohno, (Mumon) took intensive training in dagger fighting techniques using both hands. Mumon: The Land of Stealth broke 2017 weekend attendance records in Japan.  (2017, 120 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)