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New York Japan CineFest 2015 - Program 1

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New York Japan CineFest 2015 - Program 1

Time: June 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Asia Society
Street: 725 Park Avenue
City/Town: New York
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Event Discipline: film
Organized By: Asia Society / Mar Creation, Inc.
Latest Activity: Jun 1, 2015

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Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest presents two nights of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. The first night's program (Program 1, Thursday, June 4) is followed by a reception.

A Warm Spell

Dir. Toshimichi Saito. 2014. Japan. 40 min.

When Masanobu returns home with the body of his mother, he finds that his younger brother, Naoki, has given up on his dream to be a painter in order to take care of the post office, their family business. At their mother's funeral, the two brothers and a few unlikely strangers come together to bid farewell to the woman who tied them together. The film is developed from director Toshimichi Saito’s NYU thesis short film, also named A Warm Spell, which won the Wasserman Award and Audience Choice Award at NYU’s First Run Film Festival 2014 and went on to be showcased at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Special thanks to New Directors Film Festival.


Little Kyota Errand Hood

Dir. Satsuki Okawa. 2014. Japan. 20 min.

Three years after the earthquake and tsunami, little boy Kyota meets little girl Shiori. Sharing similar eccentricities, the two quickly become friends and plan to embark on an adventure together. Director Satsuji Okawa's Little Kyota Noen Hood was screened in last year's New York Japan CineFest.

Special thanks to Aichi International Women's Film Festival.



Dir. Robin Takao D'Oench. 2014. Japan. 15 min.

A Japanese American family returns home from an internment camp at the end of WWII. Their home has been ransacked and is in disarray. Even though each family member feels differently about returning home, they all try to find the strength to rebuild their life amidst the emotional and physical destruction caused by the war. Robin Takao D'Oench's directorial debut honors the legacy of Paul Takagi, 92-year old former internee, WWII veteran, Berkeley Professor Emeritus, and the director’s grandfather.


Confession Ranking of Girlfriend

Dir. Shinichiro Ueda. 2014. Japan. 19 min.

A man proposes to a woman. Rather than saying Yes or No, the woman goes on to reveal 17 secrets. Will the proposal hold after these revelations?

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