Events - 8 Mar 13

    Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu
    Date: Sat. January 19, 2013 - Sat. April 6, 2013.
    Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada


    TIFF Cinematheque presents Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu to showcase 12 films from the golden age of Nikkatsu studio. Founded in 1912, the company had been forced to close down its production arm during World War II due to the government’s forced “rationalization” of the film industry. During the postwar production boom, however, Nikkatsu re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with. In 1954, Nikkatsu completed construction of a massive soundstage facility and lured young, promising talent away from such stodgily hierarchical rivals as Shochiku by guaranteeing these up-and-comers quick advancement from assistant to full director status. It was thus that such vibrant talents as Yuzo Kawashima, Seijun Suzuki, Koreyoshi Kurahara, and future Japanese New Wave icon Shohei Imamura were given an early chance to strut their stuff.


    For screening dates/times or to buy tickets, visit their website.

    Japanese Divas: Great Actresses of Classic Japanese Cinema
    Date: Thu. January 24, 2013 - Sun. March 31, 2013.
    Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada


    TIFF Cinematheque presents a retrospective of 31 works in Japanese Divas: The Great Actresses of Japanese Cinema’s Golden Age at TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 24 – March 31.  Part of Spotlight on Japan, a city-wide festival celebrating classic and contemporary Japanese culture, TIFF Cinematheque is pulling out all the stops with this in-depth, wide-ranging look at the best of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema.

    Films include:

    For more details on synopsis, screening dates and times, click on the film titles above.

    Japanese Film: 1897 to Today, A special 7-week lecture series
    Date: Tue. February 5, 2013 - Tue. March 19, 2013.
    Location: Bahen Centre (behind the University of Toronto Bookstore) (Room B025, 40 St. George Street) - Toronto, Canada


    Since its beginning the Shinsedai Cinema Festival has been about changing the way audiences see Japanese film by introducing the work of Japan’s emerging independent filmmakers; but in order to look to the future of Japanese film it’s also important to understand its past. Now the Shinsedai Cinema Festival is offering you a unique opportunity to do just that.

    Starting on February 5th and continuing for seven consecutive Tuesday evenings Shinsedai Cinema Festival co-founder and Festival Director Chris MaGee will be giving a series of 2-hour lectures on the University of Toronto campus which will trace the history of Japanese film. Starting from the very beginnings of motion pictures in Japan to the most recent film innovations, Japanese Film: 1897 to Today, is an exciting and involving look at the key films and major cinematic movements in the context of the past century of Japanese history.

    Enrollment for this don’t miss opportunity is now open, but space is limited so act quickly to secure your spot for the lectures of your choice, or all seven lectures at a special discount. *Please note that these lectures are non-credit and strictly for personal interest.

    When: February 5th and March 19th, Tuesday evenings, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
    Where: Bahen Centre, Room B025, 40 St. George Street (behind the University of Toronto Bookstore)
    Cost: $12 per lecture ($9 for students & seniors) or all seven lectures for $75 ($56 for students and seniors)

    Specific Dates:

    • February 5th – The Beginnings & The Silent Era: 1897 to the 1920’s
    • February 12th – Talkies, Early Masters & WW2: The 1930’s & 40’s
    • February 19th – Rashomon & The Golden Age: The 1950′s
    • February 26th – Slashing Swords, Giant Monsters & The New Wave: The 1960′s
    • March 5th – Revolutionary Visions & The Anime Boom: The 1970′s & 80′s
    • March 12th – Thugs, Ghost Girls and the Lost Decade: The 1990′s
    • March 19th – Millennium Dreams and Japan Post-3/11: 2000 to Today

    Buy tickets here.

    The East Gallery: Nguyễn Minh Thành Solo Exhibition
    Date: Thu. February 28, 2013 - Sat. March 30, 2013.
    Location: The East Gallery (334 Dundas Street West) - Toronto


    The East Gallery presents Vietnamese artist Nguyễn Minh Thành’s solo exhibition Tôi – Me – Moi.

    Nguyễn Minh Thành broke onto the Hanoi art scene in the mid 1990s, he immediately garnered critical acclaim with his paintings, installations and performance art. One of his generation’s most successful artists, he has had more than 30 exhibitions in Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia.

    But the more he traveled, the more exhausted and unsatisfied he felt. Thành turned his back on the hectic pace and increasing materialism of Vietnam’s big cities and moved to the small mountain town of Da Lat in 2008, where he lives as a quasi-recluse.  Through a change in life-style he tries to bring his art back to nature and honesty. “I am trying to live as simply and as honestly as I can,” he says. “Things have become brighter and clearer to me. I paint while I am listening, waiting for a voice to rise from the silence.”

    The subject of most of Thành’s water colors and oil paintings in his first solo exhibition in Canada is an exploration of his own spirituality and the nature that surrounds him.

    Exhibition Period: February 28 – March 30, 2013.  Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm
    Opening Reception: Saturday March 2, 2 – 5 pm
    Exhibition Venue: The East Gallery, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto (across from the AGO)

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 9th annual New Creations Festival
    Date: Sat. March 2, 2013 - Sat. March 9, 2013.
    Location: Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St) - Toronto, ON M5J 2H5


    Our friends from Toronto Symphony Orchestra present the 9th annual New Creations Festival this March!

    Hear the hottest works in contemporary orchestral music! This season, Peter Oundjian and curator Tod Machover demonstrate the evolution of music from past to future with a selection of boundary bending works, many of which showcase exciting new technologies. The series culminates in a world première symphonic portrait of Toronto which was created by Tod Machover in collaboration with the citizens of Toronto.

    All performances at Roy Thomson Hall. Use promo code NEW to get your $20 discounted tickets!

    Buy tickets here. More info on this festival here.

    The Catch: Japanese Cinema of the Eighties
    Date: Tue. March 5, 2013 - Sat. April 6, 2013.
    Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada


    TIFF Cinematheque continues their spotlight on Japan with The Catch: Japanese Cinema of the Eighties

    Ranging from the wild and wanton to the austere and magisterial, this programme includes many rarely seen classics from that extraordinary era, and offers an introduction to important directors whose work is not easily available.

    This retrospective continues until April 6 with the following remaining films


    The Man Who Stole the Sun Dir: KAZUHIKO HASEGAWA

    Saturday March 30 @ 3:45PM

    A high school chemistry teacher attempts to hold Japan to ransom with a homemade atomic bomb in this weird, wild and controversial black comedy.


    Farewell To The Land Dir: MITSUO YANAGAMACHI

    Sunday March 31 @ 1:00PM

    Director Mitsuo Yanagimachi evokes Bresson and Mizoguchi in this portrait of an alienated, amphetamine-addicted loner in rural Japan at odds with his family, friends, and society at large.


    Preparation For The Festival Dir: KAZUO KUROKI

    Tuesday April 2 @ 9:00PM

    Named after one of Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings, this affectionate and insightful autobiographical portrait of a rural Japanese community was hailed as a major work when it played at the New York Film Festival.



    Friday April 5 @ 6:30PM

    The great Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) returned to the screen with this exquisitely designed historical drama about a famed sixteenth-century tea master who enters a clash of wills with an ambitious warlord.


    No More Easy Going Dir: YOICHI HIGASHI

    Saturday April 6 @ 4:30PM

    A young woman is torn between her obnoxious boyfriend and an older, eccentric journalist with ties to the underworld, in this extraordinarily intimate study of male fecklessness and female desire.

    Toronto Irish Film Festival
    Date: Fri. March 8, 2013 - Sat. March 9, 2013.
    Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada


    The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) celebrates the best of Irish cinema on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2013. With 20 Irish films, including 15 Canadian premieres, the theme of TIRFF 2013 is “A Gathering of Irish film lovers” and echoes Tourism Ireland’s worldwide “The Gathering” campaign, which encourages the global Irish diaspora to return to their hometowns in 2013 for clan reunions. TIRFF will bring together the GTA Irish community at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West, in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.

    TIRFF was founded in April 2009 by Michael Barry and John Galway. Collectively, Michael and John have over 30 years’ experience in the Canadian film and television industry.

    Pilgrim Hill is slotted for the Festival’s Opening Night on March 8 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Tourism Ireland. Pilgrim Hill is a cinematic love letter to Ireland’s rural countryside and an incredible achievement for first-time filmmaker Gerard Barrett, who was awarded the Irish Film Board’s Rising Star Award for his work on the film at the 2013 Irish Film & Television Awards this month. Immediately following the film will be an audience Q&A session with the film’s rising stars, Joe Mullins and Muiris Crowley, who will travel from Ireland to attend the celebration. Prior to the movie, the Irish Choral Society will perform a specially commissioned repertoire, “Ireland at the Movies,” for festival attendees.

    A Gala Reception will follow the film at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, located at 96 Richmond Street West, at 9 p.m.

    Jump will be the Closing Night feature on March 9 at 9 p.m., sponsored by KPMG. Kieron J. Walsh’s (When Brendan Met Trudy) award-winning modern-day drama looks at the lives of four young people who crash into each other on New Year’s Eve amid the ancient ruins of Derry, U.K. City of Culture 2013.

    Other highlights include Dollhouse, the feature debut of writer/director Kirsten Sheridan, daughter of famed Irish director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot). The film showcases the talents of Ireland’s newest acting talent. Dollhouse screens on March 9 at 7 p.m.

    The festival’s lineup also includes a Free Screening for new arrivals, Local Heroes Program highlighting the work of young Irish filmmakers who now call Toronto their home and a Shorts Program showcasing Ireland’s new wave of talented directors. See complete programming lineup at

    Tickets range from $15 to $20. Buy tickets here.

    Toronto Nepali Film Festival
    Date: Fri. March 8, 2013 - Sat. March 9, 2013.
    Location: Various Venues (various locations) - Toronto


    The Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) will feature films that pertain to Nepal and Nepalis by showcasing feature length films, documentaries, animation, experimental, shorts and other genres. TNFF celebrates the diverse languages of Nepal by encouraging films based on indigenous languages such as Limbu, Maithali, Gurung and Newari. TNFF also encourages representation of women filmmakers and filmmakers of marginalized communities.

    This year’s festival takes place March 8-9, 2013 at OISE Auditorium at U of T and Innis Town Hall.

    Reel Asian is proud to co-present the opening night film Dasdhunga on March 8, 7pm at OISE. More details on ticketing and programming here.

4 Responses to Events - 8 Mar 13

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