Events - 28 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.

    Japan Foundation Presents Kazuhiro Soda Films
    Date: Mon. March 25, 2013 - Thu. March 28, 2013.
    Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Av.) (2 Sussex Av.) - Toronto


    The Japan Foundation Toronto is proud to present four films by Kazuhiro Soda, who creates observational documentary films according to the philosophy that “a filmmaker should minimize preconceived ideas and should simply learn from the crude reality captured on camera,” encouraging the view to form their own opinions about the images they see with little interference from the filmmaker.  Filmmaker in attendance.

    March 25-28, 2013
    Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto

    More Details here.

    “Thermae Romae” Japanese Film Screening
    Date: Thu. March 28, 2013 - Thu. March 28, 2013.
    Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court) - Toronto, Ontario


    For their March monthly movie night, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will be screening the award-winning film, Thermae Romae at 7PM on Thursday March 28

    Delightfully irreverent and deliciously absurd, director Hideki Takeuchi’s Thermae Romae, based on Mari Yamazaki’s award-winning manga series was one of Japan’s most popular films of 2012 and also premiered at TIFF 2012 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.

    Prior to the Screening the Toronto Japanese Film Festival will announce its 2013 line-up.

    Admission: $8 JCCC members, $10 non-members

4 Responses to Events - 28 Mar 13

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