- Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
- a massive, outdoor tented pavilion
- acclaimed music, dance, & drama performances – Arts & Culture
- a bustling South Asian Bazaar – Vendors
- intriguing exhibits on ancient spiritual culture and heritage
- traditional face-painting
- an outdoor yoga festival – Yoga Meltdown
- a fun-filled and educational children’s area including yoga for children
Date: Fri. June 7, 2013 - Sun. August 11, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
Internationally acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle present two new installations specially commissioned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema. For more information, visit tiff.net/century
June 7 – August 11, 2013
TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
Admission: FREE to public
Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
Tours offered weekly starting June 9. More information
1) Yang Fudong – New Women《新女性》
“Celebrated Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong draws inspiration from the decadent aura of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. As immortalized in the racier films and literature of the era, Shanghai was an uneasy mixture of Chinese and foreign influence, of corruption and religious rectitude, of poets and policemen, and of the numerous types of “women of the night,” from streetwalkers to “sing-song” girls. All of this came to an end with the Japanese occupation of the city, but it left an indelible mark on succeeding generations of Chinese artists, and Chinese filmmakers especially. Shanghai’s creative energy, sexual charge and political ferment were a crucible of change for a society tentatively emerging from the stagnation and humiliations of the imperial era.” Continue reading…
2) Christopher Doyle – Away With Words《離言萬語》
“Christopher Doyle Du Ke Feng is best known as one of the world’s great cinematographers for his work on such films as The Peach Blossom Land, Chungking Express, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, In the Mood for Love and Hero. Doyle’s new project at TIFF is comprised of two multi-channel installations in complex dialogue with one another. According to Doyle, this new work seeks “to get away with and from words to explore the elemental nature of image-making and the personal nature of films and the film experience.” It also functions as a fragmentary and succinct history of Chinese (especially Hong Kong) cinema, and his own role within it. Continue reading…
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto
Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.
Japan Foundation’s Free Anime screening series
Date: Mon. July 8, 2013 - Sat. July 27, 2013.
Location: Various Venues (VIew Listing) - Toronto
A free screening and lecture series
The Japan Foundation, Toronto, in cooperation with the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), is proud to present a free series of classic anime film screenings and lectures on Japanese animation and pop culture.
To complement the screenings, lectures will be held at the Japan Foundation, Toronto by leading scholars in the field of anime and Japanese pop culture studies.
All movies will be shown on 35mm film in Japanese with English subtitles.
|Monday, July 8, 6:30 pm||Lecture||Anime Fandom and Otaku Culture||JFT|
|Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm||Screening||Arcadia of My Youth||Innis Town Hall|
|Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm||Screening||Chibi Maruko-chan||Innis Town Hall|
|Monday, July 22, 6:30 pm||Lecture||Anime and the Media Mix||JFT|
|Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 pm||Screening||7 Short Films by Koji Yamamura||Innis Town Hall|
|Tuesday, July 23, 8 pm||Screening||The Girl Who Leapt through Time||Innis Town Hall|
|Saturday, July 27, 9:15 pm||TAAFI Screening||Galaxy Express 999||TIFF Bell Lightbox|
Anime Fandom and Otaku Culture
Dr. Sandra Annett, Wilfred Laurier University
Monday, July 8, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 131 Bloor St. W.
Space captain Harlock, the latest in a family of proud aerial warriors, begins his journey to free the oppressed Earth from the despotic Illumidas Command in this anime adaptation of the classic manga by Leiji Matsumoto.
1982/128 min/Directed by Tomoharu Katsumata
Sakura Momoko, who is often referred to as “Chibi Maruko-chan” because of her small size, is a third grade student who lives together with her parents, grandparents and her older sister. At school, her rowdy classmates ÅŒno and Sugiyama have been best friends for as long as anyone can remember. But after a fight during the sports festival, the two boys begin giving each other the cold shoulder, much to the surprise of Maruko and the rest of her class. What’s worse, ÅŒno is transferring schools. The two best friends must reconcile before it’s too late, and Maruko is eager to help.
1990/94 min/Directed by Tsutomu Shibayama
Perspektivenbox (1990, 4 min.), A House (1993/5 min.), Imagination(1993, 5 min), The Sandwiches (1993, 5 min.), Kid’s Castle (1995, 5 min.), Your Choice! (1999, 10 min.), Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor(2007, 21 min)
1990-2007/55 min./Directed by Koji Yamamura
A teenage girl who finds that she has the ability to leap through time tries to use her new power to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some unexpected results.
2007/98 min./Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
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Special TAAFI screening:
Galaxy Express 999
Saturday, July 27, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Click “order tickets” to book a seat
In this tale of good struggling to overcome evil, a lone boy takes on a cosmos that has been conquered by cyborgs, mechanical beings that totally control humans. Orphan Tetsuro Hoshino lives in a slum in the shadow of the super megalopolis built by the Cyborgs. In the center of the megalopolis is the landing area for the Galaxy Express 999. Accompanied by a mysterious woman named Maitre, Tetsuro boards the Galaxy Express 999 and sets out on a journey to Andromeda, where he can obtain eternal life. Then he will seek out the hated Count Cyborg and take revenge.
1979/128 min./Directed by Rintaro
Night It Up! 2013
Date: Fri. July 12, 2013 - Sun. July 14, 2013.
Location: Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Blvd.) - Markham, Ontario
Night It Up! is an annual night market event hosted by Power Unit Youth Organization, a non-profit organization comprising only youths. With the night market growing bigger and better each year, Night It Up has solidified itself as one of annual summer traditions for folks in Toronto and GTA area.
Beef skewers! Takoyaki! Bacon fried ice cream! Stinky Tofu! Bubble tea! So many delicious Asian street food awaits you at Night It Up this weekend. There will lots of other attractions at the night market including live entertainment, carnival games, food truck vendors, volleyball tournament and more.
Reel Asian is back at Night It Up again this year with our outdoor film screenings. As the sun goes down, take a seat near the stage to enjoy a film under the stars! We’ll be screening two films at the night market.
Friday July 12 at 9:00 pm – “Jump Ashin! 翻滚吧！阿信” (dir. Lin Yu-Hsien)
Synopsis: Jump Ashin! follows the adventures and mishaps of Ashin, who, despite the many obstacles he faces, is determined to be a world-class gymnast. Winner of the 2011 Taipei Film Festival Audience Award, Jump Ashin! features an outstanding cast and screened at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Trailer
Saturday July 13 at 9:00 pm – “Bodyguards and Assassins” (dir. Teddy Chan)
Synopsis: In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (source: IMDB). Trailer
41st Annual Festival of India
Date: Sat. July 13, 2013 - Sun. July 14, 2013.
Location: Various Locations (Check Listings) - Toronto, Ontario
Join us in celebrating the 41st Annual Festival of India in the heart of downtown Toronto. The festival consists of an upbeat, colourful parade down Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to the lake) and two days of celebrations at Centre Island expected to draw close to 40,000 people!
The festival is free and open entirely to the public. The biggest highlight is the amazing, free vegetarian feast served to all who attend! The festival will also feature a stunning music, dance and drama, a spiritual yoga festival, a South Asian bazaar, and much more!
Time: Saturday July 13th 2013 – 11:00 am to 2:00pm
Parade is only on the Saturday and begins at 11am at Yonge and Asquith, north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library. The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor station. The parade goes down Yonge street and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland St.
Click here for Parade Route on Google Maps
Center Island Information:
After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations will continue for the
remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. Stay tuned for more information! Festival
attendees will be treated to a sumptuous and FREE vegetarian feast along with a
host of other family-friendly activities, including:
The festival is open to and free for the all.