The Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto present VILLON’S WIFE (14A) + SOMEDAY (PG) NOV 25

Villon’s Wife
Villon no tsuma
1:30 pm
Directed by Negishi Kichitaro
2009/114 min/14A
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

An all-star cast enacts a story distilled from seven of Dazai Osamu’s works, in a literary drama released on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the novelist. The relationship between a hard-drinking, promiscuous writer and his beautiful, upstanding, and devoted wife brings the various forms of love between men and women into relief. Director Negishi Kishitaro (Dog in a Sidecar) skillfully depicts the energy of people living in the chaos of the early postwar period. He won the best director award at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival for this film.

While raising a young son, Sachi (Matsu Takako), the wife of the popular writer Otani (Asano Tadanobu), struggles to contain the damage wrought by her profligate husband. To pay off his debts, she starts working at a pub, where she wins the favor of Okada (Tsumabuki Satoshi), a young fan of Otani’s, and the lawyer Tsuji (Tsutsumi Shinichi), who she had a crush on in the past. But Otani surges with jealousy at the sight of the newly confident and popular Sachi.

Oshika-mura soudouki
4:00 pm
Directed by Junji Sakamoto
2011/93 min/PG
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

An ensemble comedy that focuses on the mountain village of Oshika in Nagano Prefecture. Inspired by a local tradition of performing Kabuki that has been passed down over the last 300 years, it presents a warm portrayal of the joys and sorrows of the villagers. The project was the brainchild of lead actor Harada Yoshio, who passed away in July of 2011 soon after the film was released in Japan. Zen (Harada), who runs an eatery serving venison dishes in Oshika Village at the foot of the Southern Alps, is also a top-billed star in the local tradition of performing Kabuki. However, one day in autumn as the villagers are preparing to put on a show, Zen is thrown for a loop when he is visited by his wife Takako (Okusu Michiyo) and his childhood friend Osamu (Kishibe Ittoku) who ran away together eighteen years ago.

The Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto are proud to present two screenings of critically-acclaimed Japanese films in Hamilton.

Location: Westdale Theatre
Address: 1014 King St West  Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4
Phone: (905) 522-7173
Admission: Free
No reservations required
Inquiries: Please contact Kate Scullin at or (416) 966-1600 x223


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