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
*All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles. 

8/13/2014 @ 7PM

If the entire world's bombs were shot to the sky as fireworks,
war would disappear.

"Casting Blossoms to the Sky"   (160 MINS, 2012)

Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi


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    A reporter for the local paper in Amakusa, Reiko is a child of the Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. She goes to visit her former lover, Kenichi, a victim of the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake who resides in Nagaoka, aware of its association to the Nagaoka Fireworks.
   The film is Reiko's travelogue as she is captivated by the wonderland of surprises and delights in Nagaoka. All of the characters are actual people from history. Nagaoka air raid narrator Lilico, whose deceased infant is reincarnated as a presently 18-year-old Hana, among other historical elements are fictionalized with a semi-documentary touch.
   On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the Great Tohoku Earthquake. At this moment in time, Japanese can not help but to ponder how they can exist now and in the future, as well as how have people existed up until now. This film also confronts these themes. Director,  Nobuhiko Obayashi hopes to reconsider Japan's post-war history by gazing up at the Nagaoka Fireworks.

8/27/2014 @ 7PM

A true story of human love is brought back to life after 67 years.

"Fly, Dakota Fly!"   (109 MINS, 2013)

Directed by Seiji Aburatani


©"FLY, DAKOTA, FLY!" partners

    January 1946, a plane makes a crash landing on the beach in a small village on Sado island, Niigata prefecture. It is a British airforce Dakota plane, carrying VIPs. They have no choice but to stay put unless they can somehow dig Dakota out of sand. Local residents have mixed feelings towards them as they were enemies until half a year ago. However, the village mayor Shintaro, comes to a decision after much deliberation to keep to the local spirit to help those in need, and invite the British soldiers to stay at his family inn until the Dakota is ready to take off. The British are cautious at first but gradually open up to the warm welcome by the residents of the island. 
    While local residents and the British soldiers get to know each other and are busy working together to build a runway for the Dakota, Kenichi learns that the plane used to belong to a British General on the Burma front where his best friend Yoshiharu died. One night, enraged, Kenichi heads to the beach where the Dakota is stranded with intent...