Japanese Film Night
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Brave Story (anime) & Always—Sunset on Third Street 3
5:30pm & 7:35pm
Cincenta at UVic
Sponsored by The Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan with cooperation from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Japanese Friendship Society. With the generous support of University of Victoria Cinecenta.
TWO FILMS FROM JAPAN
Japanese with English subtitles
Both films are rated “G”
Please be advised that these screenings are very popular and seating is limited.
5:30pm – Brave Story
Brave Story (ブレイブ ストーリー )
Released: July 8, 2006
Running Time: 111 min
Director: Koichi Chigira
“Brave Story” by Chigira Koichi is an animation based on the best‐selling manga by Miyabi Miyuki. It is about the adventures of Watari, a boy who “travels in search of a hidden treasure that has the power to change fate.”
When 11 year old Wataru’s father leaves home and his mother is taken ill to hospital, he decides to change his fate by travelling through the door shown to him by his friend Mitsuru. In a land of magic and monsters, Wataru must summon all his courage and embark on a journey with several comrades.
7:35pm – Always: Sunset on Third Street 3
Always San-Chome no Yuhi ’64 (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日’64)
Released: January 21, 2012
Running Time: 142 min
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
It’s 1964 and the Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Ryunosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on his shop to provide his adopted son Junnosuke with a private space to study for entrance to Tokyo University to set up a career with a major company. He dreams of sparing Junnosuke the struggles that he has faced as a writer. The family continues to rely upon Hiromi’s income from her bar. Meanwhile a rival story, The Virus, by a new writer has appeared in the periodical that has been publishing his stories “Boy’s Adventure Book” and he fears the new competition. Norifumi Suzuki also receives a new TV, but more of a deluxe model. Mutsuko Hoshino (Roku) is still the principal mechanic in the Suzuki family’s auto repair shop, but she dresses up some mornings to go to a nearby street with the hope of a “chance” meeting with Dr. Kikuchi, who earlier treated a burn on her arm. High school student Ippei Suzuki dreams of becoming a rock star. All the residents on Third Street in the shadow of Tokyo Tower feel a great sense of pride in Japan’s hosting of the Olympics.