Japanese Film Festival Comes to St. John’s – The Muse


Photo credit: Su San Lee (via Unsplash)

Memorial University is known for having some interesting events that no one hears about until they are finished. Screenings of the Japanese Film Festival, October 29e, 2021, was such an event. Staff from the Japanese Consulate in Montreal joined us at the Bruneau Center for a captivating evening of film screenings. Two of the most acclaimed films made for the festival were presented – Baths of Rome and And your bird can sing. I got to see the first one and therefore I can give a review to those who may have missed it.

Photo credit: Consulate of Japan in Montreal. A poster of the event was distributed to students of MUN Japanese courses.

The attendance was dismal at this event, which is a shame because Baths of Rome was a masterpiece. As someone who finishes a minor in classics, I was particularly drawn to this film, however, acquaintances who are not obsessed with anything Roman enjoyed the film as much as I did. Baths of Rome follows an architect of Roman baths in antiquity named Lucius. Lucius strives to come up with innovative designs for new public baths until he discovers a new world of “flat-faced people” who have exceeded his capacity for creativity to such an extent that he brings tears to his eyes. to the eyes. A series of visits to this modern world provides Lucius with endless inspiration, which he uses to amaze and capture the attention of the highest authorities of ancient Rome. The film is a comic journey reminiscent of Steve Pink’s Hot tub time machine. The conference room was filled with laughter periodically and the overall experience was very memorable.

Unfortunately, although I scoured the internet for traces of these films outside of the festival, I couldn’t find a streaming service that offered the ability to view And your bird can sing. My only viewing of Baths of Rome was a real pleasure and apparently a once in a lifetime opportunity. My advice to those who missed the event is to visit the Website of the Japanese Consulate in Montreal and subscribe to their e-Bulletin. Signing up for a Japanese course or joining the MUN Anime Club are additional options that will provide you with notifications when important cultural events such as the Japanese Film Festival occur.


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