JAPANEMA

JFLA provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday. 
7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium
 (5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 
Free to attend. Reservation is not required.

Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking

     

Director Makoto Shinkai’s Short Animation Double Feature Night

1/11/2017 @ 7PM

At what speed must I live in order to see you again?

5 Centimeters Per Second

(63mins, 2007)


©Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

Takaki and Akari became best friends after transferring into the same elementary school. However, the two are separated following their elementary school graduation. As they placed their feelings for each other behind them, time simply passed by. Then one snowy day, Takaki is about to be reunited with Akari. As he sits on the train from Tokyo, memories of the past rush through Takaki's head, his meeting time with Akari drawing ever closer. Join Takaki on a journey into three interconnected tales of love and lost innocence that span the minutes and months of their lives.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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1/11/2017 @ 8:15PM

A tale of “longing”… even older than Love

The Garden of Words

 (46mins, 2013)


©Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

When Takao, a high school student dreaming of becoming a shoemaker, skips school one day in favor of sketching shoes in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters the mysterious Yukino. Older, but perhaps not much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. The two strike up an unusual relationship through chance meetings in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, leaving many things left unshared between them…

In Japanese with English subtitles

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1/25/2017 @ 7PM

Miss Hokusai (百日紅)

(90mins, 2016)


©2014-2015 Hinako Sugiura  MS.HS / Sarusuberi Film Partners

  

GORGEOUS! A SMALL POETIC WONDER!  ―The Hollywood Reporter

SHINES AS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE CREATIVE SOUL PAYING TRIBUTE TO ANOTHER!  ―Variety


From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.

As all of Edo (present day Tokyo) flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. 

Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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