Winners of the Japan Society/JC•NYC JAPAN CUTS Trivia Contest (Part I)

JapanCulture•NYC and Japan Society kicked off the 2nd Annual JAPAN CUTS Trivia Contest earlier this week, and it’s time to announce the first round of winners!

Congratulations to J. Caguicla and Rob Domingo! They each won a pair of tickets to see A Story of Yonosuke, which screens Saturday, July 13 at 12:30 p.m. Their names were randomly selected after answering these two trivia questions correctly.

Q. Of the 25 stellar films in the JAPAN CUTS 2013 lineup, two are based on novels by Japanese writer Shuichi Yoshida. One is our featured film A Story of Yonosuke. What is the other?
A. The Ravine of Goodbye

Q. What film based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida was screened at Japan Society in March 2012?
A. Villain

Caguicla and Domingo will enjoy the North American premiere of A Story of Yonosuke (Yokomichi Yonosuke). In this 2012 film directed by Shuichi Okita, Yonosuke arrives at university in the late 1980s when Japan is booming and the economy is raining cash. Naive and hopelessly self-confident, he comes to the big city, annoying and charming everyone in equal measure, but his good nature brings him romance and a loyal group of friends. The next 20 years finds him following the winding road of contemporary Japanese history, filled with twists and turns. The heartfelt song of an unheroic hero echoes throughout.

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A Story of Yonosuke © 2012 "A Story of Yonosuke" Film Partners

Japan Society will screen the answer to the first question, The Ravine of Goodbye, on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. The body of a child is found near the house of a seemingly ordinary couple: Shunsuke (Shima Onishi, the limbless soldier in Caterpillar) and Kanako Ozaki (star actress Yoko Maki). The baby’s mother Satomi Tachibana (Anne Suzuki) is arrested as the prime suspect, but it doesn’t take long for the police to consider Shunsuke a person of interest: Satomi claims she was having an affair with him. Looking into the case, weekly tabloid reporter Watanabe (Nao Omori) discovers another shocking crime in Shunsuke’s past.
Selection of the Moscow IFF Competition.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the trivia contest! If you didn’t win, don’t worry. There are still two more sets of trivia questions to come. We’ll be back early next week for a chance to see the film The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, directed by Yuki Tanada.

In the film, life is about to take a drastic turn for Anzu (Tomoko Tabata), a typical bored housewife who desperately tries to have a baby to resurrect her dying marriage and appease a less-than-amiable mother-in-law. A random encounter with high school boy Takumi (Kento Nagayama) at an event for anime fans leads to torrid sex and a deliciously illicit affair at the conjugal home. Her husband begins to notice and soon, a video of the adulterous couple finds its way onto the Internet. Hilarity does not ensue.
18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

For more information about JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema and to purchase tickets (that JC•NYC isn’t giving away), please visit Japan Society’s website.