JAPANEMA

JFLA provides high quality Japanese film screening at JFLA Auditorium (5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 

Free to attend. Reservation is not required.
Visitors (over 12 years old) will be required to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours in order to enter the venue and attend this screening.
*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Street Parking is available.

 

Double Feature Saturday!
 

12/11/2021@ 3PM
 

Makuko
(108mins, 2019)

Directed by Keiko Tsuruoka


©2019 “Makuko” Film Partners/ Kanako Nishi (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.)

Drama directed by Keiko Tsuruoka, whose student films The Town of Whales and My First Love earned acclaim at overseas film festivals. Based on Yellow Elephant's Kanako Nishi's novel by the same title.

Satoshi (Hikaru Yamazaki), a 5th grader in elementary school, lives with his parents, who run the Akatsukikan inn in a small hot spring resort town. As Satoshi is returning home from school one day, he is suddenly asked "Are you a child?" by someone. Turning towards the voice, he sees a beautiful young girl, Kozue (Ninon). The next day, she joins Satoshi's class at school. Kozue follows him to everywhere else he goes. Satoshi is bewildered by the mysterious Kozue at first, but gradually becomes charmed by her purity and innocence. Then she reveals a big secret to him. 

In Japanese with English subtitles

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12/11/2021@ 5:30PM


JESUS
(77mins, 2018)

Directed by Hiroshi Okuyama


©Closing Remarks

The first feature-length film by 22-year-old promising new director, Hiroshi Okuyama, who also wrote, shot, and edited the film. It screened at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival where it won the New Directors Award.

Yura (Yura Sato) is a young boy whose family leaves Tokyo to live with his grandmother in the snowy countryside. Not only must he fit in at a new school, but it's a Christian one. At first he is puzzled when he and his classmates are called to "worship," but he gradually adjusts to his new environment. One day, in the middle of a prayer, he sees a very small Jesus appear before him. Each wish Yura makes to Jesus comes true, and he starts to have faith in the power of the Lord. 
 

In Japanese with English subtitles

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