18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

The Great Passage

14 November 2013 19:00

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5, Canada

The Great Passage
The Great Passage

Japan’s 2013 Oscar-entry for Best Foreign Language Film is a gentle love story about awkward linguist Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) and his landlady’s daughter (Miyazaki Aoi), as Majime takes on the momentous task of editing a new dictionary and defining the word “love”.

Japan 2013 | 133:00 | Japanese w/ English subtitles | Rated PG | Toronto Premiere
  • Yuya Ishii
  • Tomo Tsuchii, Kimitaka Goka, Noritsugu Iketa, Yasuyuki Iwanami
  • CAST
  • Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jô Odagiri, Kumiko Aso, Kazuki Namioka
  • Official Japanese Submission for Best Foreign Language Film— 86th Academy Awards
  • Fantasia Festival 2013, Vancouver International Film Festival 2013, BFI London Film Festival 2013, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013

Majime is an eccentric young man and struggling salesman with a major publishing company. His linguistics qualifications and his tenacity catch the attention of Nishioka and Araki, dictionary editors seeking a replacement for Araki himself, who needs to spend more time at his ailing wife’s bedside. Together, they embrace the ambitious task of creating a new dictionary called The Great Passage, in an attempt to reconnect people with the magic and romance of words.

Meanwhile, back at his at the rooming house, Majime meets Kaguya, his landlady’s granddaughter, who has just returned from culinary school. Her beauty, charm, and dedication to gourmet pursuits soon melt Majime’s heart. When Matsumoto, the chief editor, learns of the chemistry between the two, he asks Majime to write the definition for the word “Love.”

Based on Shion Miura’s best-selling novel, this gently absorbing drama features an all-star cast and a healthy undercurrent of quirky humour that celebrates ordinary people locked in decidedly glorious endeavours. The Great Passage has been selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

- JH

Yuya Ishii is one of Japan’s most renowned young directors. His previous work, Sawako Decides (2010), was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival Forum in 2010, and he has received much acclaim both domestically and internationally.

Tickets for this screening are sold through the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Visit jccc.on.ca

Sushi will be prepared on-site at the JCCC courtesy of Sushi Marché. Sushi may be purchased and enjoyed prior to the screening.