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
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