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November 6-16, 2014 

The Kirishima Thing

06 November 2013 20:30

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AGO - Jackman Hall Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

The Kirishima Thing
Kirishima Thing

On Friday afternoon, star athlete Kirishima quits the volleyball team, sending his teammates, girlfriend and classmates into an anxious, bewildered tailspin. A poignant look at the fragile and irrational nature of high school social dynamics.

Japan 2012 | 103:00 | Japanese with English subtitles | Rated G | BUY TICKETS
  • Daihachi Yoshida
  • CAST
  • Ryunoisuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Shizuka Ohgo, Masahiro Higashide
  • Winner—Best Film of the Year and Best Director Japanese Academy Award 2012
  • Winner—Best Film and Best Director at the 67th Mainichi Film Awards 2012

Daihachi Yoshida’s simple yet poignant story explores the human geography and intense hierarchy of Japanese high school in the face of turmoil brought on by the disappearance of the unseen character Kirishima. From the elite athletes to the girls in the school band to the Movie Club nerds, all of the students find their lives in flux as they await the return of the mysterious and nearly legendary title character.

Rumours begin to fly about why Kirishima made his decision, leading to misunderstandings, confusion, and misguided anger amongst his peers. Meanwhile, Ryoya Maeda, head of the film club, decides that this is the time to make the movie of his dreams.

Based on the best-selling novel Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo by Ryo Asai (2010), The Kirishima Thing tackles the subject of high school hierarchies and the experience of living in a tightly controlled social environment. Beautifully acted, written, and directed, the film is certainly deserving of the accolades it has received.

- HK

Daihachi Yoshida was born in Kagoshima in 1963. Yoshida’s first feature, Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers (2007), was officially invited to International Critics’ Week of the 60th Cannes International Film Festival and won the award for best new director at the 29th Yokohama Film Festival. Yoshida’s flms also include The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio (2009) and Permanent Nobara (2010).