This month we’re teaming up with the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston for two free screening events designed to spotlight some of the best films coming out of contemporary Japan.
Nippon, Love and Laughter is a free two-night event in which we will screen a pair of films from Japan. During each night’s screening a special menu will be available with Japanese-themed cuisine.
This 2006 award-winning film is based on the real-life story of a group of enthusiastic girls who decide the best way to save their small mining village is to learn how to hula dance. Their decision eventually paved the way for their community to transform into the Joban Hawaiian Center, one of Japan’s most popular theme parks.
This 2005 Japanese film stars Takayuki Yamada and Miki Nakatani and tells the story of a 23-year-old otaku (a Japanese term used to refer to people obsessed with stuff such as anime, manga or video games) who begins dating a woman after saving her from the harassment of a drunk man on a train. A real life event, the man first chronicled his love life online. His online postings were noticed (and embraced) by Japan — sparking a long running franchise that includes film, television, comic books, novels and more.