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

  

9/9/2015 @ 7PM


"House"
 (88MIN, 1977)

Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi   

Director Obayashi in person for Q&A!!

 

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (ハウス)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. This film is one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

*In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0NWIxl2VJk   

  

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

A native of Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Obayashi began making movies after he came upon a film projector in a closet in his house one day when he was three years old at the height of the Pacific War. He is known for his groundbreaking experimental works and memorable commercials as well as his features, including the hit horror thriller “House” and the crime mystery “The Reason,” which was an official selection at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. Obayashi is also acclaimed for his coming-of-age films such as “I Are You, You Am Me,” part of his “Onomachi Trilogy” shot in his hometown. “Casting Blossoms to the Sky” (2012) addresses the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. His latest release "Seven Weeks" spans huge swaths of time and space, all the while haunted by the specter of WWII.

        

    

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9/23/2015 @ 7PM


"The Legacy of FRIDA KAHLO
" (89MIN, 2014)

Directed by Tadasuke Kotani

Photographer Ishiuchi in person for Q&A!!

 

This documentary film is about Hasselblad Foundation International Award winning photographer Miyako Ishiuchi's encounter with iconic Mexican painter Frida Khalo's personal belongings that were uncovered 58 years after her death.

The film shows Ishiuchi shooting photographs of Frida's belongings, Ishiuchi's exhibition at the "Paris Photo," and art exhibition at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris featuring Frida's and her husband Diego Rivera's works.

By capturing the production process of Oaxaca's traditional embroideries used for the tribal costume that Frida left, a local festival Day of the dead (Dia de los Muerto), and a Mexican funeral in a small town, Ishiuchi pursues the sign of how Frida lived and depicts the view of life and death in Mexican culture.

      

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=66&v=go0tqGokVZo


Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida Kahlo was an internationally influential Mexican painter. Around the age of 6, Frida contracted polio which damaged her right leg and foot. Then at the age of 17, she was in a bus accident that left her with several serious injuries from which she continued to suffer for the rest of her life, including fractures in her spine and pelvis. While hospitalized, she began painting despite having had no training. Her paintings from that period were endorsed by famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, whom Frida later married.

While still suffering from the after effects of the bus accident, Frida worked on paintings and mural paintings both in Mexico and in the United States. Frida’s work has been described as “surrealist”, and her work was even praised by the initiator of the surrealist movement, Andre Breton. While married to Rivera, Frida had extramarital affairs with Leon Trotsky, Isamu Noguchi, and numerous others. Frida divorced Rivera in 1939, but the couple remarried in 1940.

Her paintings and passionate lifestyle give inspiration to women everywhere. Her workshave broken sales records at auction, and her books, paintings, and movies attract and resonate strongly with large audiences around the world.