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
*All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles.
4/8/2015 @ 7PM
Why do there even have to be such things as geisha?
"Sisters of the Gion" (69MIN, 1936)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
©1936 Shochiku Co., Ltd./Otani
This film follows the parallel paths of the independent, unsentimental Omocha (Isuzu Yamada) and her sister, the more tradition-minded Umekichi (Yoko Umemura), both geishas in the working-class district of Gion. Mizoguchi’s film is a brilliantly shot, uncompromising look at the forces that keep many women at the bottom rung of the social ladder.
4/22/2015 @ 7PM
Every family has its secrets
"Tokyo Sonata" (119MIN, 2008)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
©2008 Entertainment Farm and Fortissimo Amsterdam B.V.
From internationally-renowned director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, this film hauntingly tells the story of a contemporary Japanese family torn apart after its patriarch Ryuhei (Teruyuki Kagawa) unexpectedly loses his job. Ashamed, Ryuhei keeps the truth of his unemployment a secret, but as he grows more despondent and alienated from society, his family resorts to dramatic measures to break away from their fractured lives.