Win Tickets to JAPAN CUTS in the Japan Society/JC•NYC Trivia Contest!

JapanCulture•NYC is happy to team up with Japan Society and the Japan Society Film Program for a ticket giveaway for JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema, which begins Thursday, July 12 and runs through Saturday, July 28.

Japan Society will pay tribute to the late actor Yoshio Harada on Thursday, July 19, the one-year anniversary of his death. Harada appeared in more than 100 films in his decades-long career, playing mainly rebel and anti-hero roles. He won the Blue Ribbon award for Best Supporting Actor in 1976 for his roles in Preparation for the Festival and Pastoral Hide and Seek and Best Actor in 1991 for Ronin-gai and Ware ni utsu yoi ari. Last year Harada received the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor for Someday, a film that is included in this year’s JAPAN CUTS. In 2003 the Japanese government awarded him the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon for his contribution to film, theater, and television.

Two lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets to each of the Harada screenings on July 19, Someday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 Souls at 8:30 p.m. All you have to do is answer these three questions correctly.

  1. Yoshio Harada was known for his life-long passion for what vehicle?
    A.  Airplanes
    B.  Racing cars
    C.  Trains
  2. In the film Zigeunerweisen by Seijun Suzuki starring Harada, there is a scene with what super-imposed creature?
    A.  Lobster
    B.  Crab
    C.  Octopus
  3. 3. What is the name of the film in which Harada plays a yakuza that was screened at Japan Society in March 2011?


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Someday © 2011 「Someday」 Production Committee

In Someday, Harada’s last film, Harada plays Zen Kazamatsuri, who runs the Deer Eater restaurant in a rural mountain village in Nagano Prefecture. He’s also the lead actor in a kabuki play held by the little town, a tradition dating back more than 300 years. Shortly before the opening of the play, his estranged wife who had run out on him decades prior returns half-senile and not remembering having left him at all. Zen must figure out how to live with his new-old wife while rehearsing.


Harada plays the leader of a gang of escaped convicts in 9 Souls, the second film in the Harada tribute double feature. Japan Society describes 9 Souls as having “a feel of Les Miserables mixed with a hallucinogenic, cut with speed. A truly original addition to the jailbreak genre!” This film is unrated, and you must be 18 years old or older to view it.


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9 Souls ©2003 Little More Co., Ltd./Tohokushinsha Film Corp./Eisei Gekijo Co. Ltd.


If you want to see these films for free, brush up on your Yoshio Harada trivia and answer the questions by posting a comment here on JapanCulture•NYC. Of the contestants with the correct answers, I will draw two winning names on Monday, July 9.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

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