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Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church

6929 Franklin Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95823


13th Annual

July 14-16, 2017 •  Crest Theatre

1013 K Street •  Sacramento


2017 SJFF Films / Festival Schedule


Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Director:  Hirokazu Kore’eda


Three women were abandoned by their father many years ago. Sachi, 29, is head nurse in a hospital, Yoshino, 22, is a loan manager, Chika, 19, works in a shoe shop. They haven’t seen or heard from Dad & finds out he has died. The sisters go to the funeral & meet their 14-year old half-sister Suzu. Kore’eda explores what tears families apart & brings them back together. 2016 Japanese Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best New Comer. (2015, 126 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:30 AM

Director:  Yasujiro Ozu

An aging Kabuki actor, Komajuro, returns with his traveling acting troupe to a small seaside town in Post WWII Japan. He sees his former lover & their son who thinks Komajuro is his uncle. Komajuro’s jealous mistress pays a young, beautiful dancer, Kayo, to seduce the young man. Ozu’s film is gentle & non-judgmental. His characters struggle with issues of family, marriage, caring for each other, & lives that are lived alone. (1959, 119 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:20 PM

Director:  Keiichi Hara

An anime film on the life of Katsushika O-Ei, artist, assistant, & daughter of the great Japanese woodblock artist, Hokusai. O–Ei is the one who often finishes her father’s paintings. She is a talented, feisty artist who smokes a pipe & who dearly loves her blind, younger sister. Director Hara brings 18th Century Edo (Tokyo) to life in stunning detail. We see O-Ei’s talent & the high expectations that it brings. (2015, 90 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 4:15 PM

Director:  Yoshihiro Nakamura

It is 1776 in Oshiyoka, a village in Northern Japan. The samurai lord of the village is broke & increases everyone’s taxes. Juzaburo returns home with a bride & learns from his friend, Tokuheiji, that people are broke. Juzaburo hatches a plot with nine other people & collects 1,000 silver ryo (300 million yen) from everyone. They will loan the amount to the samurai lord who will pay them 100 silver ryo in interest. Things don’t go as planned. There are surprises in store. (2016, 129 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 8:00 PM

Director:  Koji Fukada

Toshio isn’t an attentive husband or dad. His life is his machine shop. His one-time friend, Yasaka, shows up & Toshio hires him. Yasaka is an ex-con who served time for murder & took the rap for Toshio who was an accomplice. Toshio’s wife, Akie, doesn’t like the arrangement. Yasaka fills the space that Toshio can’t or won’t fill. Winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Award; 2016 Asian Film Festival’s Best Actor Award (2016, 120 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Sunday, July 16, 2017, 4:40 PM

Directors:  Cellin Gluck

A docu-drama about Chiune “Senpo” Sugihara, Japanese vice consul of Kaunas, Lithuania, who saved more than 6,000 Jewish lives from the Holocaust by signing 2,000 exit visas on the eve of WWII. Gluck’s film pays tribute to Sugihara’s espionage in Manchuria during the 1930’s when he was given the nickname, ”Persona Non Grata” by the Russians &, above all, to his bravery & selfless disregard for his own future in defying Imperial Japan’s orders to stop signing the exit visas. (2016, 139 minutes, English, Japanese w/English subtitles)


Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 PM

Director:  Takashi Yamazaki

Law student, Kentaro, learns that his grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe, a Kamikaze pilot, died during the final defense of Japan in WWII. Some of the grandfather’s surviving Kamikaze pilots call him a hero who put himself in harm’s way to protect the other pilots. Others say he was a coward who fled from battle. Kentaro & his sister, Keiko, search for the truth. 2015 Japan Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography. (2013, 144 minutes, Japanese w/English subtitles)