Jonathan M. Hall jmhall at pomona.edu
Sun Aug 1 23:31:25 EDT 2010

Dear KineJapanners,

Karen Severns is inviting all KineJapanners for another screening the the Foreign Correspondents' Press Club.
It's a great chance to see Yamada Yoji.  And the KinemaClub salon tradition is aging well. Please think of joining.

Please be sure to RSVP to Karen at kjs30 at gol.com as the FCCJ is a private club.

Jonathan M Hall
Pomona College


Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
Special Sneak Preview Screening:
KYOTO STORY (Kyoto Uzumasa Monogatari)
followed by a Q&A session with acclaimed director Yoji Yamada

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 3 pm 20th floor
Please note afternoon event time.

In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 2010 90 minutes

Co-directed by Yoji Yamada, Tsutomu Abe
Co-written by Yoji Yamada, Tomoaki Sasae
Starring Hana Ebise, USA (Exile), Sotaro Tanaka

Film courtesy of Shochiku

This film is a love story
Between Shochiku Studios and Ritsumeikan University,
And the Kyoto Uzumasa shopping arcade
Where the history of film in the area still lives.
Created with strong hope and passion for the renaissance of film.
- Yoji Yamada

The Movie Committee is honored to have this opportunity to host the
screening of this very special film by one of today's most celebrated

Just down the street from the defunct Uzumasa Daiei Studios, where such
masterpieces as "Rashomon," "Ugetsu Monogatari" and "Gate of Hell" were
created, master director Yoji Yamada collaborated closely with film
students from Ritsumeikan University (where he is a visiting professor)
on this love letter to Kyoto, to simpler times - and to film itself.

Kyoko (Ebise) is a librarian at Ritsumeikan who is torn between two men,
the local tofu-maker's son, Kota (USA), who lives next door and is
trying to become a standup comedian, and a visiting scholar at
Ritsumeikan, Daichi (Tanaka), who falls for Kyoko the moment they meet.
When Daichi announces that he is leaving, Kyoko must struggle with life
decisions that may take her away from the community that has defined and
nurtured her.

Yoji Yamada is the director of the world's longest running film series,
the "Tora-san" series. He has also created many other indelible works,
including "The Yellow Handkerchief," (1977) which won him the Japanese
Academy Award for Best Director as well as 5 more awards and was remade
into a Hollywood production in 2009. In 2002, Yamada's "The Twilight
Samurai" won all the major film awards in Japan including 15 Japanese
Academy Awards, and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Award®, winning him further international acclaim. The second in
the samurai trilogy, "The Hidden Blade" (2004), was presented in
competition at the 55th Berlinale, and the third, "Love and Honor"
(2006), was the Opening Night Film in the Berlinale Panorama Section, as
well as a huge box-office success in Japan. "Kabei - Our Mother" played
in competition at the 2009 Berlinale; and Yamada reteamed with Sayuri
Yoshinaga earlier this year for the phenomenally popular "About Her
Brother – Ototo," which was the Closing Film at the 60th Berlinale and
earned him the Berlinale Camera Award.

Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or
http://www.fccj.or.jp/node/5873 to allow for seating arrangements.

All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events restricted to
FCCJ members and their guests.

Karen Severns, Edwin Karmiol, Movie Committee

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