New York Japan CineFest 2016
Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
Admission: $12/$10 seniors and students/$8 members
Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest is an annual event that features works by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. NYJCF celebrates its fifth anniversary with co-presenters Mar Creation and Asia Society as part of the Citi series on Asian Arts and Culture. JapanCulture•NYC is proud to be one of NYJCF’s Community Partners.
Two programs of short films are presented in this year’s edition.
Program 1 – Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm
Followed by a reception.
- Valley of Dolls
Dir. Fritz Schumann. 2014. Japan. 7 min.
Ayano Tsukimi lives in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, where not many people still live. For those who die or move away, Ayano makes life-sized dolls in their image and puts the dolls in places that were important to them, scattered around the whole valley.
- Matcha: An Ippodo Story
Dir. Michael McAteer. 2015. USA. 7 min.
Documentary filmmaker Michael McAteer traces the origins of matcha nearly 300 years to one of the originators: Ippodo Tea in Kyoto. Owned and operated by the Watanabe family for nearly three centuries, Ippodo has upheld the culture of Japanese tea since they began handpicking tea for the Imperial family of Japan back in 1717.
- Venom Therapy
Dir. Steven Murashige. 2015. USA. 18 min.
A family struggles with the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis as it affects Clara, a young wife and mother. After hearing of a miraculous healing treatment for MS sufferers, they begin administering multiple bee stings to Clara on a daily basis—totaling more than 3,000 over the course of a year. The story chronicles the family’s journey with the treatment and the unexpected results it produces.
- TOKYO COSMO
Dir. Takahiro Miyauchi. 2015. Japan. 5 min.
A woman living alone in Tokyo is tired by her daily life and harbors feelings of loneliness. Her stuffed pig creates a world of imagination to cheer her up. Special thanks to New Directors Film Festival.
- Swinging Skirt
Dir. Yusaku Okamoto. 2014. Japan. 20 min.
A female high school student, Ayaka, plays a game: collecting money from men by showing off her underwear. It gets to be a big problem as it escalates.
- A Beautiful Person
Dir. Isao Yukisada. 2016. Japan. 40 min.
A story about a filmmaker who came to a small town in Kumamoto for a location scout and a young woman he met at a small bookstore there.
Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:30 pm
Followed by a discussion.
Dir. Chisa Hidaka. 2014. USA. 6 min.
Discover the glorious disorientation of losing yourself in the dolphins’ world as you follow graceful (human) dancers into the deep ocean.
Dir. Shigeyoshi Tsukahara. 2014. Japan. 14 min.
While a narrator reads from Osamu Dazai’s “Schoolgirl,” a day in the life of a young girl in Showa-era Tokyo unfolds, featuring various retro items from the era. Special thanks to Sapporo International Short Film Festival.
- Girl, Wavering
Dir. Noriko Yuasa. 2015. Japan. 19 min.
Mizuho is a high school girl who works part time at an online dating website company. One day, she receives a request from a stranger named Kenzo who insists he needs an assistant to commit suicide.
- Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides
Dir. Lucy Craft, Karen Kasmauski, Kathryn Tolbert. 2015. USA. 26 min.
Atsuko, Emiko, and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II. They landed in 1950s America, knowing no one, speaking little English, and often moving in with stunned in-laws. Their recollections are further refracted through the eyes of their Japanese-American daughters. Personal photographs and visuals from US archival sources help bring to life this fascinating episode in US history.
- Take 8
Dir. Shinichiro Ueda. 2015. Japan. 20 min.
Takao, an independent filmmaker, is directing a film about a wedding starring his girlfriend, Akane. As film production is coming to a close, there is one important scene left to shoot, but unfortunately, the actor who is playing the father of the bride is unable to make it. They have no choice but to let Akane’s real father, Toru, play the role. But Toru won’t give them his blessings, neither in the movie nor in real life.
- Fox Fears
Dir. Miyo Sato. 2015. Japan. 8 min.
On the evening of a village festival, a young boy named Bunroku goes to the festival with his friends and visits a clog shop on the way. There he learns an old superstition about the fox. Special thanks to Aichi International Women’s Film Festival.
Dir. Evan Dennis. 2015. USA. 5 min.
A documentary about the ultra-diverse custom motorcycle builder Keino Sasaki of Brooklyn’s Keino Cycles.
To purchase tickets, please visit Asia Society’s website.