Japan's stunning "A Normal Life, Please", to be screened at HSDFF in AR.

anne mcknight annekmcknight at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 14:09:54 EDT 2010

Thanks for the info...I am actually doing "Kani kōsen" tomorrow, so  
was interested to see the "real Kani kōsen" tagline in the Japanese  
trailer for the film.

I didn't see any English-language version of the trailer, on the blog  
or Japanese site...if there is interest in making an E-version of the  
trailer, I bet people on the list would be willing to help out (myself  
included...in which case, please contact me off line).


On Sep 28, 2010, at 10:10 PM, Kimura Jo wrote:

> Hello everyone, an announcement for an exciting video documentary film
> screening opportunity. The director, Tokachi Tsuchiya is an active
> member of Labornet Japan.
> "A Normal Life, Please", U.S. PREMIERE screening !
> ----------
> ATTENTION! Japan's stunning "A Normal Life, Please", to be screened  
> at
> HSDFF in AR.
> It is so grateful that I am announcing that Japan's multiple
> award-winning documentary film, "A Normal Life, Please", has been
> selected to be screened as the only Japanese film at the 19th Hot
> Springs Documentary Festival, Arkansas, in October 2010(For your
> information, HSDF is one of the three major documentary film festivals
> in the U.S.)
> The film focuses upon a 36-year-old Japanese male truck driver's rise
> from his intolerable working environment(552 working hours/month  
> with no
> overwork allowance, no paid vacation and other benefits)
> in which he has been abused verbally and/or physically by his bosses,
> which apparently violates Japanese Labor Standard Law that is aimed to
> protect all the laborers in Japan.
> His doomed days are full of patience and obedience, however, one  
> day, it
> comes to his attention that something is wrong with his job, and
> finally, he stands up to struggle with all his might to "win" a decent
> working environment and conditions.
> "It is absolutely my pleasure that my proud piece of work is going  
> to be
> shown in the United States, which is the world's most
> neo-liberalism-dominating country", states the director, Tokachi  
> Tsuchiya.
> The screening schedule is as follows:
> Sunday, October 17th - 7:20PM
> Wednesday, October 20th - 5:30PM
> Tsuchiya is set to make his appearance on the 2nd date(Wednesday,
> October 20th) and will answer your questions in person.
> Please make sure to check out "A Normal Life, Please" as this is the
> very first U.S. premiere screening of the film, and you will learn the
> miserable reality of the Japanese poor-conditioned mistreated
> blue-collar laborers in the "land of rising sun."
> For more details, visit the official HSDFF website:
> "The 19th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival"
> http://www.hsdfi.org/festival
> and the official "A Normal Life, Please" blog(written in Japanese)
> http://nomalabor.exblog.jp/
> For further inquiries, please feel free to contact us. We hope we are
> going to spread the impact of "A Normal Life, Please" among those who
> reside in the U.S. to stimulate your interest in Japan and to let you
> know the widespread ongoing problems/issues among the laborers in  
> Japan.
> Bring your family, friends, and everyone you know who is interested in
> the contemporary Japan. Do not miss out this rare opportunity!
> +++
> Kimura Jo
> Labornet Japan(http://www.labornetjp.org) Twitter ID: labornetjp
> News department
> see our English site. ... http://labornetjp.blogspot.com/

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