Japan film festival 2020

06.02. - 09.02.2020

V spolupráci s Veľvyslanectvom Japonska v Slovenskej republike sa medzi dňami 6. až 9. február koná už 16. ročník Japonského filmového festivalu v kine Lumière. Snahou je prehĺbiť záujem o Japonsko a pochopenie jeho kultúry.

Všetky filmy budú uvádzané v japonskom jazyku s anglickými, ako aj slovenskými titulkami.

Vstup na jednotlivé predstavenia je voľný. Nulové vstupenky si môžete vyzdvihnúť v pokladni kina v deň predstavenia, 30 minút pred jeho začiatkom.

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Oshin Oshin

Oshin; Šin Togaši, versions: SS : jpn

Oshin is a film remake of a Japanese TV series of the same name that was based on an original script by Sugako Hahashida and broadcast on NHK from 1983 to 1984. The show with 297 episodes is of the asadora (morning show) genre – every business day, one 15-minute episode is aired so that everyone can see it before leaving for work. It was one of the most successful shows of this type ever. It was massively successful in Japan as well as all over Asia and South America. Directed by Shin Togashi, the film Oshin is set in 1907 and depicts the childhood of the heroine, rural girl Oshin (Kokone Hamada). Due to her family’s poverty, Oshin is sold to a rich family of timber merchants as a servant. She has to endure a lot of hardships and humiliation from the main servant. When falsely accused of stealing money, Oshin flees into frigid winter weather to reunite with her family but almost freezes to death on the way. She is saved by a military deserter who is hiding in the forest. He is kind to her and teaches her to read, but Oshin eventually witnesses him being captured and, following a brief stay with her parents, is sold as a servant again. Oshin realises that the mother is the cornerstone of the family, often sacrificing everything she has for its sake. Such is the destiny of women in society. Oshin too will grow up one day and foster a family, the same as her mother, grandmother and all the women before them did. Show more

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Samurai Cat 猫侍

猫侍; Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Takeši Watanabe, versions: SS

Kyutaro (Kazuki Kitamura) is a swordsman who was feared by people at one time. Now, he is poor and lives alone quietly. Kyutaro doesn't know how to earn money without using his sword. By chance, Sakichi (Shingo Mizusawa) happens to see Kyutaro's swordsmanship and offers to hire him for a job. Sakichi wants Kyutaro to kill a white cat named "Tamanojoh" which his boss Yozaemon (Yozaburo Ito) is fascinated by. According to Sakichi, after Yozaemon began to raise the cat, he changed to a childlike person. Kyutaro initially turns him down thinking its an absurd request, but decides to take the job for the money. When Kyutaro opens the door to where the cat is, he sees the lovely white cat. (source: asianwiki.com) Show more

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His Master's Voice Mo ichido

Mo ichido; Hirojuki Itaja, versions: SS : jpn

Taihei Hayashiya is an excellent contemporary narrator of the rakugo genre. In the film Mō Ichido, a character of the same name takes us to the samurai city of Edo where the characters from many stories encounter their storytellers. Women and men, samurais and servants, an innkeeper and her guests, parents and children, neighbours and noodle vendors. These characters serve as a source of inspiration and slight parody for rakugo. A storyteller cannot faithfully mimic eating hot noodles without having actually tried them. This is what Sadakichi, a little boy determined to become a storyteller, experiences in the film. Will he convince his audience? The rakugo genre has been in existence unchanged for several centuries. Throughout the entire story, the narrator is sitting down and may only use a fan, a handkerchief and the viewer’s imagination. Turning the body to the right or left, he changes the characters, voices and style of communication. This is certainly not easy, and the relationship between a master and his student forms a lifelong bond. Show more

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Rudolf the Black Cat Rudolf to Ippai-Attena

Rudolf to Ippai-Attena; Kunihiko Jujama, Motonori Sakakibara, Mikinori Sakakibara, versions: SS : jpn

Rudolf is a little kitten. To him, his mistress Rie is a goddess and his home is the entire world – he can only see beyond its limits from the rooftop. One day, Rudolf follows his mistress and runs out of the safe garden right into a street full of scary things. By coincidence, he jumps into a supply van only to wake up in the middle of a foreign city. There he meets Gottalot the stray cat who shows him how to live in the street and get along. Rudolf learns how to read and finds out his home is 400 km away. With the help of Gottalot and other cat friends, he makes a plan to get back to Rie. Made on the basis of a successful book, the film is more than just a magical story for children. It depicts everyday life in the streets of Gifu, the power of friendship, the need for home and a sense of belonging and the determination to follow one’s goal, whatever it is. And it shows that whether you have one name or many, what matters most is being true to yourself. Show more

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