Thursday, July 15, 2010

August 21/10: SPECIAL SUMMER EVENT: The Toronto Premiere of LOVE EXPOSURE

The Canada Japan Society and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre are proud to present the Toronto premiere of one of the most acclaimed and controversial Japanese films of the last decade; Sion Sono’s four hour magnum opus, LOVE EXPOSURE 愛のむきだし.

Takahiro Nishijima and Hikari Mitsushima star as two star-crossed lovers in a tale of a young man painfully dragged through the worlds of religion, family, violence, drugs, cults, and even pornography before he merely gets close to the girl he loves.

That being said, Love Exposure defies description…in a good way. The film is an action-comedy-drama-satire that touches on religion, family, sex, love, lust, guilt and more. It shocks, surprises, delights, and even disgusts, all the while cleverly dabbling in the unique otaku culture that is so seductive to some and repulsive to others. Love it or hate it, it’s sure to generate discussion and leave a lasting impression.

“Almost impossible to imagine a four-hour long film featuring castration, transvestism, religious cults and Catholic guilt complexes could be so darn passionate, so uplifting, so edge-of-the-seat entertaining. A one-off, indescribably experience”
– Jasper Sharp, Sight and Sound Magazine.

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court
7 PM Start (doors/bar opens at 6 pm)
Admittance restricted to 18+

The night itself will be a fun way to finish off the summer. There will be a cash bar (with Japanese beverages of course), snacks and lots of chances to both enjoy the film and discuss it with your fellow attendees.

To guarantee admission advance tickets can by purchased at the Canada Japan Society’s ICHIMOKUKAI party on Thursday, August 5th, or contact JEFF at
* Generously supported by BITS, the Japan Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Community Event: The 2nd Annual Shinsedai Film Festival at the JCCC!

The 2nd annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival will be bringing the best in new Japanese film to The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for four days between July 22nd and July 25th, 2010.

The Shinsedai Cinema Festival showcases films by some of the best new, young and independent Japanese filmmakers to Toronto, many for the very first time. The festival will have something for everyone; everything from insightful dramas, quirky comedies, hard-hitting documentaries, experimental shorts, and beyond.

For tickets and more information please visit

PS. Come on out to the CJS movie night this Friday (The Hanging Garden; see below) for a chance to win free passes to the opening night of the Shinsedai Festival!