Events - 15 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

    Details:

    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.

    Films:

    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

    Details:

    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

    Details:

    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

    Details:

    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)


    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

    Details:

    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.

     

    Rikyu Dir: HIROSHI TESHIGAHARA

    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.


    fu-GEN: Ching Chong Chinaman
    Date: Tue. March 12, 2013 - Sat. March 30, 2013.
    Location: Aki Studio Theatre at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street E) - Toronto, Canada

    Details:

    fu-GEN celebrates its 10th Season Anniversary with Ching Chong Chinaman, a play by Lauren Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino and featuring Zoe Doyle, Brenda Kamino, Oliver Koomsatira, Richard Lee, Jane Luk, John Ng.

    Ching Chong Chinaman: The ultra-assimilated Wong family is as Chinese-American as apple pie: teenager Upton dreams of World of Warcraft superstardom; his sister Desi dreams of early admission to Princeton. Unfortunately, Upton’s chores and homework get in the way of his 24/7 videogaming, and Desi’s math grades don’t fit the Asian-American stereotype. Then Upton comes up with a novel solution for both problems: he acquires a Chinese indentured servant, who harbors an American dream of his own.

    Use promo code COMMUNITY20 to save 20% off ticket prices when you buy online at www.fu-gen.org!

    How to book your tickets:
    1) In person, at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) one hour before each performance.
    2) By phone, at 1.800.204.0855 (please note: the box office line is shared with Native Earth Performing Arts)
    3) Online! Just visit fu-gen.org and click through to our booking site. All ticket prices now include surcharges at time of booking.


    Mami Kataoka Lecture on Contemporary Art in Japan
    Date: Fri. March 15, 2013 - Fri. March 15, 2013.
    Location: Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W) - Toronto, Canada

    Details:

    Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, will give a lecture titled “Contemporary Art in Japan: Visions and Views of the Universe” on March 15, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The talk is part of the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series, a partnership between the Canadian Art Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia and its sponsors.

    Mami Kataoka has been Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo since 2003, where she curated “Roppongi Crossing 2004,” “Ozawa Tsuyoshi” (2004), “All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art” (2007), “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” (2009), “Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan”(2010), and most recently curated “Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only.”

    Meanwhile, she is extending her curatorial practice in many international projects, including the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea as Joint Artistic Director, “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” (2012) at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as guest curator. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” will also be at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, in 2012 and will tour other North American venues.

    Kataoka was International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009, where she curated “Laughing in the Foreign Language” (2008) and co-curated “Walking in My Mind” (2009). Prior to her current position, she was chief curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002. Kataoka also frequently writes and gives lectures on contemporary art in Asia.

    Tickets for this lecture are $12 for the public, $10 for AGO members, and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the AGO’s website.

    The Asia Contemporary Speaker Series explores the rise of Asia on the international scene as one of the most compelling stories in contemporary art. Provocative artworks command ever-higher prices as markets expand, and impressive new museums, schools and biennials continue to proliferate. Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Tokyo and Beijing have established themselves as major art-world hubs, competing directly with London and New York. In order to understand this phenomenon and its connection to global movements of economic and political power, the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series will bring five recognized leaders in the field to speak in cities across Canada in 2012 and 2013.

    Download a PDF of the full Asia Contemporary Speaker Series program. (1.2 MB)


4 Responses to Events - 15 Mar 13

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