[Monthly Classics] December 7, 7 PM
While rummaging through trash heaps on Christmas Eve, three homeless companions — a middle-aged alcoholic, a transgender ex-drag queen and a hot-tempered teen runaway — stumble upon an abandoned newborn. Determined to find the child's mother, the trio search Tokyo's sprawling streets, buildings and back alleys, helped along by a series of coincidental encounters that gradually reveal the truth of their traumatic pasts. Imbued with deep empathy for its down-and-out yet lively characters, this atypical holiday comedy by celebrated animation director Satoshi Kon (Paprika) highlights the redemptive power of love and family (chosen or otherwise) amidst life on the fringes of society.
Next event12/7/2018 7:00 PM
[Film] December 15, 2:15 PM
December 16, 6:45 PM
Eikichi, a nightclub owner and former boxer with unrealized dreams of being a prizefighter, picks up a talented but wildly undisciplined amateur fighter (Yujiro Ishihara) and decides to mold him into a champion. When a beautiful, destitute ballerina also comes under Eikichi's tutelage, however, romantic entanglements and jealousies threaten to undo his vicarious triumph in the ring. A box office success upon release, The Winner proved to Inoue's satisfaction that Ishihara could carry a film (though his studio bosses needed more convincing). It also established the action-with-musical-interludes template for dozens of Nikkatsu films to come.
Next event12/15/2018 2:15 PM
The Stormy Man
[Film] December 15, 7 PM
December 16, 4:30 PM
In the movie that made him a star, Ishihara plays a rough-hewn drummer out to make it in the seedy Ginza jazz world. An enormous success, The Stormy Man was Japan's third-biggest box-office hit of 1957, made the Nikkatsu studio solvent and solidified Inoue's reputation as a maker of hit musicals. For its young audience, who clapped and cheered as Ishihara sang "I'm a drummer, a no-good drummer," the movie was an event and a generational marker. Today it still packs musical excitement—and presents Japan's premier screen idol at his most charismatic.
Next event12/15/2018 7:00 PM