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Each of the three films in this series cast Tokyo as a leading player in their own distinct way. Shot on city streets and in neighborhoods that have a certain universal look to them, these films ultimately could not have taken place anywhere else. Together, they form a modern paean to this captivating city. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

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This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences.


Tokyo Sonata
Saturday, October 18, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
(Japan, 2008, English subtitles, Blu-ray,
120 minutes)

Winner of the 2008 Jury Prize at Cannes, Kurosawa's family drama is part black comedy and part social commentary. What is the relevance of family, work, and patriarchy? Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) nods to traditional Japanese values, but gravitates to a distinctly modern look at 21st-century Tokyo life.


Adrift in Tokyo
Saturday, October 18, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Directed by Satoshi Miki
(Japan, 2007, English subtitles, Blu-ray,
101 minutes)

To right a debt Fumiya is forced to accompany the thug debt collector Fukuhara on a long walk around Tokyo. The director portrays Tokyo in an entirely fresh way in this mash-up road/buddy/comedy/drama/difficult-to-categorize film.


Lost in Translation
Sunday, October 19, 2014
1:00 p.m.

Directed by Sofia Coppola
(USA, 2003, English, Blu-ray, 101 minutes)

A lonely actor making a buck on Suntory ads (Bill Murray), and a melancholic young bride (Scarlett Johansson) who hasn't seen her photographer husband for quite awhile meet in Tokyo, which in its very foreignness drapes the two in a kind of invisibility cloak, enabling them to reawaken their fondnesses for love and life.

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