- Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
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
Classical V: Brass (with Asians!)
Date: Fri. July 26, 2013 - Sun. July 28, 2013.
Location: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) - Toronto, Canada
Harbourfront Centre’s summer season of weekend festivals continues with Classical V: Brass, (July 26-28). You might not think “Asian” when it comes to classical brass music, but think again! This year’s lineup features stage performances and a site-wide parade from the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, who play the Gypsy-inflected traditional North Indian tunes of Rajasthan often heard in Bollywood films. Other Asian performers include Chennai-based multi-instrumentalist Karthik Ramalingam playing Hindusthani flute music and the Near East Trio & Friends, playing cross-cultural world music from the Silk Road. All events are free all weekend!
TAAFI (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International)
Date: Fri. July 26, 2013 - Sun. July 28, 2013.
Location: Various Venues (Various) - Toronto
TAAFI (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International) is Toronto’s first and foremost international animation festival dedicated in celebrating animation and its related art forms from all over the world. The second edition of the festival takes place from July 26-28, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Corus Quay.
This is a must-attend festival for anyone who enjoys and appreciates animation arts. The festival consists of a selection of FILMS (restrospectives, feature films and short film programmes), INDUSTRY DAY with animation big wigs and various panels, workshops and masterclasses. Full schedule here.
Reel Asian is proud to co-present “CALF – Japanese Indie Animation” at the festival on Sunday July 28 at 2:45 PM. Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Visit our website for more information!