Film Countries Archives: Japan

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Collection of four film stills representing the Best of CineYouth 2022

Best of CineYouth 2022

  Various

  Canada, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, United Kingdom, United States     92 minutes

Synopsis

Best of Fest showcases 10 winning shorts from CineYouth 2022 and includes passionate documentaries, surreal comedies, and deeply personal stories by young filmmakers from around the globe.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 11:00am CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

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Plan 75

  Chie Hayakawa

  Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar     112 minutes

Synopsis

In a dystopian near-future, government program Plan 75 gently coerces senior citizens to be euthanized to relieve the social and economic burdens of an aging population. When 78-year-old widow Michi (Chieko Baishō) loses her job as a hotel maid, her prospects for a secure future vanish, and she considers the Plan as her only viable option. Plan 75 salesman Hiromu (Hayato Isomura) is unwavering in his belief in the benefits of the program, until it becomes personal. And Maria (Stephanie Arianne) accepts an unsavory job with Plan 75 in order to send money back to the Philippines, where her daughter awaits a life-saving operation. The paths of these three lonely souls intersect as they confront the crushing callousness of a world ready to dispose of those no longer deemed useful. On the surface, a tyranny of bureaucratic kindness pervades every waking moment, as the ancient practice of obasute (abandoning the elderly), enshrined in Japanese myth, casts a long shadow over the future in this uncanny, powerfully understated, and chilling vision.

 Japanese with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Chie Hawakaya
*Subject to change

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Chie Hawakaya
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray, Frédéric Corvez, Maéva Savinien
  •   Chie Hayakawa
  •   Anne Klotz
  •   Setsuko Shiokawa
  •   Hideho Urata
  •   Chieko Baishō, Hayato Isomura, Yuumi Kawai, Taka Takao, Stefanie Arianne
  •   Masaru Usui
  •   Remi Boubal
  •   Loaded Films Ltd., Urban Factory, Happinet-Phantom Studios, Dongyu Club, Doha Film Institute, WOWOW, Fusee

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Shin Ultraman

  Shinji Higuchi

  Japan     113 minutes

Synopsis

After updating the origin story of Japan’s most famous monster with 2016’s Shin Godzilla, director Shinji Higuchi reboots classic 1960s sci-fi franchise Ultraman with a story that sees the gleaming silver superhero arriving almost out of nowhere to take on one of the monstrous otherworldly kaiju threats plaguing Japan. For the group of scientists and supernatural investigators known as the SSSP, the towering warrior becomes an ideal way to protect both their nation, and the Earth at large, from the extraterrestrial takeover—little do they realize that one of their own members has an important connection to the powerful figure. An enormous box-office hit in Japan, Shin Ultraman marries the beloved campiness of the original series with an exciting modern sensibility to create a thoroughly rousing, crowd-pleasing spectacle.

The screening will be preceded by two episodes of the original Ultraman series.

 Japanese with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 9:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 11:00am CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Hideaki Anno
  •   Hideaki Anno
  •   Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, Tetsushi Tanaka, Hidetoshi Nishijima
  •   Shiro Sagisu
  •   Tsuburaya Productions, TOHO, khara
  •   https://shin-ultraman.jp/

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Poupelle of Chimney Town Entotsu machi no Puperu

  Hirota Yûsuke

  Japan      2020    

Synopsis

Poupelle of Chimney Town is the breathtaking story of young Lubicchi and a man made of garbage, Poupelle. Living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, Lubicchi yearns to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. Adapted from the bestselling picture book, Poupelle of Chimney Town is filled with inspiring performances and splendid music and sound effects and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC.

 Japanese with subtitles 
  100 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Wed, Aug 17 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting August 1 or available at the door (subject to availability). Walk-up tickets will be available at the door starting 15 minutes before the start of the screening if open seating remains. 

Media

Sponsors

Film Partner

Logo: Consulate General of Japan in Chicago 315x65

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Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai Sumodo - Samurai wo tsugu monotachi

  Sakata Eiji

  Japan      2020    

Synopsis

The world of sumo wrestling has always been something of a mystery to the world at large. Who are these gigantic athletes who willingly, violently collide with one another? Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai peels back the curtain on this invigorating sport by exploring the lives of the wrestlers themselves. Featuring rare footage of rikishi in training, the film offers a portrait of two dedicated wrestlers as they train, eat, and compete in larger-than-life tournaments in their quest to attain sumo’s highest rank.

 Japanese with subtitles 
  104 minutes

Media

Sponsors

Film Partner

Logo: Consulate General of Japan in Chicago 315x65