JAPANEMA

JFLA provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday. 
7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium
 (5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 
Free to attend. Reservation is not required.

Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking     

Director Yoji Yamada Month!!


2/8/2017 @ 7PM

Director Yoji Yamada’s Masterpiece Comedy 

What a Wonderful Family! (家族はつらいよ)

(108mins, 2016)


©2016 "What a Wonderful Family!" Film Partners

The latest film from renowned Japanese master filmmaker Yoji Yamada, WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! is a joyful and comedic tale of family life in modern Japan. Retired curmudgeon Shuzo (Isao Hashizume) lives a life of relative peace with his doting wife Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki), their two sons, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

But when Tomiko’s birthday arrives, and Shuzo has once again forgotten, she asks for a very special birthday gift: a divorce. In complete shock, Shuzo thinks this must be a joke. As it becomes clear that Tomiko is very serious, one-by-one the family members get involved.

In Japanese with English subtitles      

        

   

     

      

2/22/2017 @ 7PM

Selected as the Japanese Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son  (母と暮せば)

(130mins, 2015)


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2016 "Nagasaki: Memories of My Son" Film Partners
         

August 9, 1948. Nagasaki, Japan. An aging midwife named Nobuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga) is visited by the ghost of her son Koji (Kazuya Ninomiya), whom she lost to the atomic bomb. From then on Koji visits his mother frequently to reminisce and catch up on lost time. Their biggest topic of conversation is Koji's kind-hearted fiancée Machiko (Haru Kuroki), who regularly visited Nobuko over the three years since Koji's death. Machiko and Koji both seem unable to fully accept Koji's death, but Nobuko slowly encourages them to move on.

Yoji Yamada's moving, star-studded film is a complementary response to playwright Hisashi Inoue's seminal work The Face of Jizo, about a father-daughter relationship in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, and the master director's self-proclaimed attempt at making "the most important film in his life."

In Japanese with English subtitles

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