Free Screenings of Japanese Films Shindo and Always: Sunset on 3rd St. 2
Westdale Theatre, Hamilton, ON on October 30, 1 pm and 3:30 pm
Presented by The Japan Foundation, The Consulate-General of Japan and The Art Gallery of Hamilton
The Japan Foundation returns to the Westdale Theatre in Hamilton for free screenings of two hit Japanese films of recent years, Shindo and Always: Sunset on 3rd St. 2 on Sunday, October 30
Dir: Koji Hagiuda (2007) PG, 120 min
Date and Time: Sunday, October 30, 1 pm
Always: Sunset on 3rd St. 2
Dir: Takashi Yamazaki (2007) PG, 146 min
Date and Time: Sunday, October 30, 3:30 pm
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles
Location: Westdale Theatre, 1014 King St. W., Hamilton, ON
Set in the competitive world of classical music, Shindo (Prodigy) follows Uta Naruse (Riku Narumi), a surly 13-year-old piano prodigy still mourning the death of her musician father. Indifferent to lessons and practice, Uta can nonetheless play effortlessly with great beauty, while her friend, 19-year-old Wao (Ken’ichi Matsuyama), practices with wholehearted enthusiasm but little grace or subtlety.
Shindo’s young actors have already established themselves as stars in many films. Ken’ichiMatsuyama will be well-known to Canadian fans of Japanese films for his lead roles in Linda Linda Linda, Detroit Metal City, Nana, Deathnote, Gantz and Norwegian Wood. Riku Narumi has had starring roles in Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War and Ryuichi Inomata’s Shodo Girls, as well as playing Hagumi in the wildly popular TV series Honey and Clover.
Following last year’s successful screening of Always: Sunset on Third St.(2005) inHamilton, the 2007 sequel, Always: Sunset on Third St. 2, returns to the same Tokyoneighbourhood and its memorable characters. This heartwarming, award-winning drama features stellar performances from some of Japan’s top stars, and the digitally enhanced set design, says Variety, “creat[es] a feeling of living in a bygone Tokyo rather than just watching a movie set there.”
About the Japanese Film Screenings:
Working in cooperation with local organizations, each year the Japan Foundation presents free screenings of recent, popular Japanese movies across Canada with the goal of introducing Japanese film and culture to a broader audience. This year’s screenings are presented with the cooperation and support of the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
These films and two others will be screened at the Royal Cinema in Toronto from December 8-10. Please visit www.jftor.org for further details.