JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles announces “MA in Japanese Film”

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JAPAN HOUSE Lohs Angeles, a Japanese cultural destination in the heart of Hollywood, announces “MA in Japanese Cinema: Conversation with Director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi,” the final webinar in its Rethinking the MA Webinar Series. Award-winning filmmaker Hamaguchi – whose film ‘Drive My Car’ is shortlisted for this year’s Oscars in the Best International Feature category – joins series hosts Professors Hitoshi Abe of UCLA and Ken Tadashi Oshima of the University from Washington in a conversation exploring the role of mastery in Japanese films. The online event takes place Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. PST.

The concept of MA, which roughly translates to “negative space,” evokes a deeper sense of a gap or pause that gives new shape and meaning to the whole. This apparent paradox is a fundamental philosophy of Japanese culture, where absence can be as important as presence. Through the four parts Rethinking MA series, JAPAN HOUSE explores the various ways in which MA is applied everywhere in art, architecture and food.

In the upcoming final webinar, Hamaguchi shares MA’s application during his filmmaking process. Hamaguchi’s film “Drive My Car” is generating substantial international acclaim, including being voted this year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Picture – Non-English Language and Best Picture of 2021 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film is now in theaters nationwide.

“The character for ‘my’ combines the characters for ‘door’ at the top and the ‘sun’ at the bottom, an image of light beaming through the empty space of a doorway. It is therefore normal that ‘my’ could be observed more directly in the traditions of architecture and interior design,” said Yuko Kaifu, President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. “We are honored to close this four-part webinar series on the subject of Masters in cinema with a renowned director. Rethinking the MA has been captivating, with a host of guest lecturers respected for their work in Japanese architecture, contemporary art, cuisine and now film.

“MA in Japanese Film” is held in partnership with the Terasaki Center at UCLA, xLab at UCLA, and the Japanese Studies Program at the University of Washington, in addition to promotional partners Asia Society of Southern California and Japan America Society of Southern California.

The first three Rethinking MA the webinars are currently available for online viewing:

Register for “MA in Japanese Film” here.

For more information, visit the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles website and social media: Facebook, instagram, Twitter, Youtube and LinkedIn.

HOUSE JAPAN is an innovative global project with three hubs – London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo – designed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan within the international community. Occupying two floors in Hollywood & Highland, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles offers a place for new discoveries that transcends physical and conceptual boundaries by creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.

Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Website: www.japanhousela.com

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