Monday, April 11, 2011

April 15/11: CJS Movie Night - "All Around Us"

The Canada Japan Society continues its 2010 – 2011 Movie Nights season this Friday (April 15th), with a screening of Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s “All Around Us,” an unflinching look at a couple’s marriage set against the backdrop of Japanese society from 1993 to 2001.

At first, laid-back Kanao (Lily Franky) runs a shoe-repair shop and flirts with the ladies, while Shoko (Tae Kimura) works at a publishing house and likes things to be orderly (sex with her husband is planned exactly three times a week in her calendar). We see them evolve as a couple and as individuals, as they react to the various cruel realities of life. Running parallel to the couple’s significant life events are the grim events occurring in Japan, from the early-90’s economic collapse to the 1995 subway sarin gas attacks and other high-profile crimes.

In turns uplifting, gloomy and humorous, “All Around Us” reminds us of life’s quiet sorrows and triumphs, and the fragile beauty of human interconnectedness.

As always, there will be an after-party at Everest Café (232 Queen W). Please join us!

ALL AROUND US (2008, 140 minutes)

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Cast: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Tamae Ando

Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
National Film Board Theatre
150 John Street (at Richmond)

CJS Members $5, Non-Members $10

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