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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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VFF – When Marnie Was There – Vic Theatre

The Victoria Film Festival presents:
“When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli

Rated: G
Tickets: $10 + Tax
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
2014 • 103 Minutes

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B6

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Yet another splendid escape from Studio Ghibli, this picturesque and poignant animation perfectly captures the loneliness of a young girl in a sleepy seaside town–and the magic and excitement of making new friends… who aren’t quite what they seem.

Based on bestselling novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the second film from Hiromasa Yonebayashi, animator on classics Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke. Widely speculated to be the last film from beloved Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There combines elements of all these great films into one powerful and painterly portrait of youth.

“Wistful and stirringly humane, When Marnie Was There is… emblematic of [Studio Ghibli’s] collective greatness. In a way, that’s the most perfect thing it could be.” – David Ehrlich, Time Out.


Jun 12, 2015 until Jun 18, 2015
June 12 – 14: 7pm • 19+ Event • SUBTITLES
June 15 – 18: 7pm • All Ages • DUBBED


Saturday the 13th • 2pm • SUBTITLES
Sunday the 14th • 2pm • DUBBED

2013 – Japanese Film Night at UVic (Sunday, Oct. 6th)

Japanese Film Night

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Brave Story (anime) & Always—Sunset on Third Street 3
5:30pm & 7:35pm
Cincenta at UVic

Film Night

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.

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 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: Sunset on Third Street 3Always 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.


Cinecenta at UVic