Events - 20 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.

    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)

    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.

    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


    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!

    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 and click through to our booking site. All ticket prices now include surcharges at time of booking.

    Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART)
    Date: Mon. March 18, 2013 - Thu. March 21, 2013.
    Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Expo Drive) - Wanchai, Hong Kong


    FILMART is Asia’s premier film industry event and one fo the world’s top three events of its kind in terms of exhibitor numbers. International renowned producers, distributors, investors and professionals use FILMART to launch promotions, network with key industry players and negotiate deals. The 16th edition in March 2012 attracted more than 640 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions and more than 5,700 visitors from 53 countries and regions.

    FILMART will run concurrently with other March events including the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 17-April 2, 2013), 11th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (March 18-20, 2013) and 7th Asian Film Awards (March 18, 2013).

    Join the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Canadian Delegation to FILMART.  All Canadian Visitors may be eligbible for complimentary registration. Contact for more details.

    “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” Film Screening
    Date: Tue. March 19, 2013 - Wed. March 20, 2013.
    Location: The Japan Foundation (131 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor of the Colonnade) - Toronto, Ontario


    Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

    The Japan Foundation presents two additional screenings of Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo on Tuesday March 19 and Wednesday March 20


    Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6pm)
    Date: Tuesday March 19 and Wednesday March 20
    Admission: Free. Please remember to RSVP online

    Even in Tokyo, the pinnacle of this figurative “can of sardines,” people of all ages still make room for a tiny bit of wilderness. It is only fitting that they have become captivated by nature’s most efficient invention in space, design and function – insects.

    Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects. A labyrinthine meditation on nature, beauty, philosophy and Japanese culture that might just make you question if your ‘instinctive’ repulsion to bugs is merely a trick of western conditioning.

    TAO Dance Theater at Harbourfront Worldstage
    Date: Wed. March 20, 2013 - Sat. March 23, 2013.
    Location: Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West) - Toronto


    TAO Dance Theater presents two incisive works by China’s emerging leaders of contemporary dance that shatter expectations. Weight x3 is a triptych of pieces concerned with stretching the boundaries of physical practice. In 2, the dancers’ bodies fold, collapse, invert and mirror each other to convey the movement (and rigidity) of language.

    Since its inception in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has established itself as one of the most interesting contemporary dance companies in China.

    The troupe has presented its work in several festivals in China and Europe, and has also collaborated with leading artists in the genres of theatre, experimental music, cinema, visual arts and installation art in China. The company’s artistic director, Tao Ye, is moving away from naturalist and figurative trends into a formal dance form.

    March 20-23, 2013
    Fleck Dance Theatre
    Tickets: $15-$40
    To buy tickets or check showtimes, click here.

    FemCab featuring Min Sook Lee
    Date: Wed. March 20, 2013 - Wed. March 20, 2013.
    Location: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs (26 Berkeley St) - Toronto, Canada


    For the first time ever FemCab 2013 will be part of The New Groundswell Festival. Join us for a night of entertainment and commemoration from a group of incredible female artists! This year’s FemCab will be at the Upstairs Berkeley Street Theatre on Wednesday, March 20 at 8pm.

    Tickets are $15 until March 8th and $25 as of March 9th, get yours today!

    Along with host Shoshana Sperling there will be appearances by:

    Min Sook Lee (Director of Tiger Spirit which screened at Reel Asian in 2008)
    DJ Cozmic Cat
    Diane Flacks
    Martha Chaves
    Robin Hatch
    Teresa Pavlinek
    Bahia Watson
    Marjorie Chan
    Eagle Woman Singerz
    A video by Sarah Rotella & Adrianna DiLonardo of the YouTube sensation ‘The Gay Women Channel’
    and more! Check back for line up updates.

    How to purchase tickets to FemCab 2013:

    By phone: call 416.368.3110
    In person: during box office hours at Berkeley Street Theatre.
    Berkeley Street Theatre is located at 26 Berkeley Street. The closest intersection is Front and Parliament.

4 Responses to Events - 20 Mar 13

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  2. Cindy says:

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