Japanese Film Festival Comes to the Midwest
CHICAGO – Coyote Sun Productions and Mar Creation announced the inaugural Chicago Japanese Film Collective, the very first Japanese film festival to be held in the Midwest.
The virtual festival will present nine films (seven narrative feature films and two documentaries), including two North American premieres.
Hosted by Yuki Sakamoto (President of Coyote Sun Productions) and Hiroshi Kono Hiroshi (President of Mar Creation), the Chicago Japanese Film Collective will take place May 25-31.
âWe are excited to bring the best of contemporary Japanese cinema to the Midwest,â said Sakamoto. “Our festival is designed to bring the American Midwest into conversation with Japanese culture.”
Supported by Catch Us Performing Arts (CUPA) and the Japan Foundation New York, the festival will use the Eventive platform for ticketing and screenings and aims to spark conversations about culture and facilitate understanding between Japan and the Midwest region. .
According to Kono, “With the pandemic underway, we hope that the Chicago Japanese Film Collective can provide a space where people from diverse backgrounds come together to appreciate art and focus on our common humanity.”
Highlights of the festival include Kaizo Hayashi’s âBoltâ, a drama about the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Japan and led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster starring Masatoshi Nagase.
âAll About Chiaki Mayumura (Provisional)â is a genre drama about a musical celebrity that is much more than it looks.
Other films include âVideophobia,â a black and white cyber thriller; âYanâ, shot outdoors in Japan and Taiwan; âThe House of Seasons,â a family drama about a teenage girl overcoming her mental health challenges; and “The Manga Master”, a film about the life of pioneer manga artist Kitazawa Rakuten.
In documentaries, the festival will present “Alone Again in Fukushima”, a deeply human story about a man who remained in the evacuation zone to care for animals left behind as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and “Prison Circle”, which provides an intimate look at one of Japan’s most notorious prisons.
The Chicago Japan Film Collective presents the best of contemporary Japanese films – which would otherwise be inaccessible – to audiences in the Midwest. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the inaugural edition will be held virtually; however, plans are underway to host future in-person festivals.
Viewing site registration fees: $ 15 for all access, $ 10 for a film. Student discount codes and promotional discount code are available; contact [email protected]
Film Festival platform: https://cjfc.eventive.org
Official site: https://www.cjfc.us
Votes for the Audience Award will be cast via Eventive and the award will be announced at the end of the festival.