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Double Film Screening with Director Shingo Wakagi


May 14/ 7:30 PM

@ UCLA Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium 

Asleep (2015) - The first U.S. Screening 

Asleep ("白河夜船") is a film adaptation of the novel by acclaimed writer Banana Yoshimoto. Directed by Shingo Wakagi, Asleep tells the story of a woman who finds herself unable to stay awake after she becomes romantically involved with a man whose wife is in a coma.

There will be a reception held at the Fowler Museum Terrace at 6:30pm. Following the screening, director Shingo Wakagi will discuss the film with Michael Emmerich, translator of the novel and a professor of Japanese literature in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. 



May 15/ 7:30PM

@ UCLA Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium

Waltz In Starlight (2007)

Photography student Nobuto has just finished his studies and returned to the village of Hamamatsu to be with his family. Nobuto's grandfather is a once-popular manzai performer known by the stage name of Takuji who is enjoying his twilight years in the company of his family. As Takuji reaches the end of his life's journey and Nobuto prepares to carve his own path, the affectionate interactions between grandfather and grandson provides the young shutterbug with memories that will last a lifetime.

The film will be introduced by UCSD professor Daisuke Miyao. 


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This screening is organized by

sponsored by
The Yanai Initiative