JapanCulture•NYC to Co-Present Two Screenings During the Asian American International Film Festival

July 28, 2017 7:00 pmtoAugust 3, 2017 11:00 pm

 

 

JapanCulture•NYC is proud to partner with the Asian American International Film Festival to co-present two screenings! To celebrate AAIFF’s 40th anniversary, JC•NYC is co-presenting the shorts series titled Japanese Narratives – Nihongo Stories of Japan and Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii. The shorts provide a glimpse of the eclectic facets of Japanese culture, while Proof of Loyalty follows the heroic tale of Japanese American soldiers who fought prejudice from their own countrymen while fighting for their country during World War II.

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at AAIFF, JC•NYC readers will receive a 25% discount for general admission tickets to ANY film or program during the festival – not just the Japanese ones! Use promo code JCNYCaaiff40 when purchasing tickets through AAIFF’s website.

SHORTS: JAPANESE NARRATIVES – NIHONGO STORIES OF JAPAN
Presented in Association with JapanCulture•NYC

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Village East Cinema – 189 2nd Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)

Admission: Admission: $15/$11 seniors, students, handicapped patrons, Asian CineVision Members and Community Partners

Featuring the very best of shorts submitted from Japan, from bone washing to two strangers falling in love after a suicide attempt to the adventures of four young schoolgirls, this vivid collection of four shorts provides a unique range of perspectives on a rich culture.

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My Bird

My Bird
Directed by Toshiyuki Ichihara
Japan, UK / 32 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / New York City Premiere

Doi, a middle-aged bird watcher, happens to find a girl committing suicide by jumping into the stream and somehow saves her life. The girl has a crush on the lifesaver and then Doi starts getting attracted to the young girl who is far apart in age like father and daughter.

 

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So, We Draw Goldfishes

So, We Draw Goldfishes
Directed by Makoto Nagahisa
Japan / 2016 / 28 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / New York City Premiere

So, We Draw Goldfishes takes a look into the lives of four 15-year-old girls living mundane lives in a conservative town without much entertainment. However, one summer day, they release 400 goldfish in a swimming pool at a secondary school.

 

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Born Bone Boom

Born Bone Boom
Directed by Gori
Japan / 20 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / New York City Premiere

Hitoshi has returned to his hometown of Agunishima, Okinawa, to introduce his wife, Yuko, to the family. But Yuko is furious when she’s told the reason for the trip home. The true purpose was for the “senkotsu” ceremony – Agunishima’s continuing custom of cleansing the bones of the dead. This is a heartwarming comedy of a disconnected family discovering their true selves through the ceremony of cleansing bones.

 

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No Song to Sing

No Song to Sing
Directed by Lukasz Gasiorowski
Japan / 24 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / New York City Premiere

A professional femme fatale enjoys selling fantasies to lonely men but when she becomes caught in the web of her own deceptions, she finds herself unable to pay the price of her own merchandise.

 

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Proof of Loyalty

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii
Presented in Association with JapanCulture•NYC
Directed by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers
USA / 2017 / 55 mins / English with English subtitles / World Premiere

Thursday, August 3 at 9:30 p.m.

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Admission: Admission: $15/$11 seniors, students, handicapped patrons, Asian CineVision Members and Community Partners

Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to serve their country loyally. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.

There are plenty of other films that have Japanese themes and were made by Japanese, Japanese American, and Japanese Canadian filmmakers. Check out the list here.

See these exciting titles and support Asian CineVision, the non-profit media arts organization that presents the festival! To see the full lineup of films and to purchase tickets, please visit AAIFF’s website.