[Film] November 1, 7 PM
Tora-san travels to Hokkaido to visit a former oyabun (yakuza boss) whose deathbed wish is to meet his estranged son, a train stoker in the city of Otaru whom he abandoned at birth. Affected by the situation, Tora-san renounces the yakuza lifestyle and seeks to earn an honest living as a laborer in Shibamata. He ends up downriver working at a tofu shop where he falls in love with the shop owner’s daughter Setsuko (Aiko Nagayama) and loses track of his original noble intentions.
Next event11/1/2019 7:00 PM
Family Romance, LLC
[Film] November 8, 7 PM
The latest by Werner Herzog—a self-financed micro budget meta-narrative feature about Japan’s unique “rent-a-family” industry—finds the German director shooting primarily in Tokyo with non-professional Japanese actors. Playing a version of himself, Family Romance’s actual founder Yuichi Ishii stars as a man hired out to play the missing father of a 12-year-old girl.
Next event11/8/2019 7:00 PM
[Film] November 9, 2:30 PM
In this personal documentary by Wim Wenders, the German director travels to Tokyo in 1983 to see if he can find remnants of Yasujiro Ozu, whose work he considers a “holy treasure of cinema,” and reflects on the sights and sounds of the sprawling metropolis he had previously only encountered through the Japanese master’s films.
Next event11/9/2019 2:30 PM
Cherry Blossoms (Kirschblüten - Hanami)
[Film] November 9, 4:30 PM
Following the death of his longtime wife, a grief-stricken grandfather travels to Tokyo and meets a young butoh dancer who helps him tap into his spouse’s lifelong love for the Japanese dance form. A profoundly moving film about loss, love and the possibilities of cross-cultural transcendence by German director and Japanophile Doris Dörrie.
Next event11/9/2019 4:30 PM
Like Someone in Love
[Film] November 9, 7 PM
This Japanese-French co-production directed by Abbas Kiarostami and largely set in Tokyo finds the Iranian auteur continuing his exploration of the complex tension between simulation and reality through this deceptively straightforward story of an escort with a highly volatile and jealous boyfriend who unwittingly enters an ambiguous relationship with an elderly client.
Next event11/9/2019 7:00 PM
Lost in Translation
[Film] November 19, 7 PM
Nearly two decades on, Sofia Coppola’s early aughts classic starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson—about an aging movie star who develops an unexpectedly intimate bond with a young newlywed while they are both staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku—continues to be a touchstone of 21st century Western representations of Tokyo on film.
Next event11/19/2019 7:00 PM
[Film] November 22, 7 PM
A largely forgotten gem of ’80s American independent cinema by Fran Rubel Kuzui, Tokyo Pop takes us on a breezy tour through bubble era Tokyo, replete with tongue-in-cheek nods to the city’s American-influenced pop culture, with the story of a New York rock ‘n’ roll singer who dreams of making it big in Japan.
Next event11/22/2019 7:00 PM
[Film] November 23, 2 PM
Of the several works French filmmaker Chris Marker made in Japan, this singular essay film that ruminates on memory and time remains the late director’s greatest achievement. An unnamed woman narrates the poetic letters and philosophical reflections of an invisible world traveler whose richest observations are inspired by the people, streets, malls and temples of Tokyo.
Next event11/23/2019 2:00 PM
[Film] November 23, 4:30 PM
December 7, 2 PM
A distinguished trio of non-Japanese filmmakers converge to offer wildly varying and accomplished short films that take inspiration from Tokyo. Includes a whimsical fable of metamorphosis (Interior Design, Michel Gondry), a reimagined “Godzilla” story (Merde, Leos Carax) and a surreal romance between a hikikomori and pizza delivery girl (Shaking Tokyo, Bong Joon-ho).
Next event11/23/2019 4:30 PM
Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)
[Film] November 23, 7 PM
Adapted from Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical novel by French director Alain Corneau, Fear and Trembling is a sardonic depiction of Japanese corporate culture and gender relations told from a Western perspective that comically (and unbelievably) imagines modern Japan as a closed country still operating under a severe bushido code.
Next event11/23/2019 7:00 PM
Tora-san Meets His Lordship
[Film] December 6, 7 PM
After feeling insulted by his family yet again, Tora-san leaves Shibamata for the city of Ozu in Shikoku where he has a chance meeting with the descendent of a local daimyo (feudal lord). Lonely and in the last years of his life, the Lord seeks to reconcile with his deceased son’s wife Mariko (Kyoko Maya) whom he has never met and is living somewhere in Tokyo. Moved, Tora-san takes on the near-impossible task of finding Mariko and benefits from a previous act of kindness.
Next event12/6/2019 7:00 PM
House of Bamboo
[Film] December 7, 4:30 PM
A hard-boiled and entertaining crime thriller from the great Samuel Fuller—the first Hollywood director to shoot full color CinemaScope on location in postwar Japan—that offers a fascinating glimpse of Tokyo immediately after the American occupation and a decade before it opened its doors to the rest of the world with the 1964 Olympics.
Next event12/7/2019 4:30 PM
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
[Film] December 7, 7 PM
Directed by Justin Lin, the divisive third entry in the immensely popular Fast & Furious franchise restarts the film series by shifting the four-wheel action to Tokyo where an outsider teen sets out to become top gaijin and unseat the local “Drift King” in the underground world of illegal drift racing.
Next event12/7/2019 7:00 PM