The Canada Japan Society is proud to be a sponsor once again this year at the 5th Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5), from June 9-23rd, 2016. This year we are proud to sponsor TWO films at this great showcase of contemporary Japanese films - The Emperor in August (日本のいちばん長い日) and Pearls of the Stone Man (愛を積むひと).
For Ticket Information please go to: http://jccc.on.ca/tjff/
THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST (日本のいちばん長い日)Saturday, June 11th, 7PM
Runtime: 135 min / 2015
Director: Masato Harada
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka
Masato Harada’s (Kakekomi, Chronicle of My Mother) powerful political drama tells the little known story of Japan’s surrender in the Pacific War.
It is August 1945 and Japan debates whether to end the war and open up peace negotiations through the Potsdam Declaration. Atomic weapons strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The War Council, established on behalf of the Emperor, assigns popular military general Anami as Minister of the Army. However, Anami has a seemingly impossible task ahead: reconciling his desire to see his nation’s sovereignty preserved and the military’s resistance to accepting defeat with his Emperor’s wish for peace.
PEARLS OF THE STONE MAN (愛を積むひと)
Saturday, June 11th, 1:30 PM
Runtime: 125 min / 2015
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Starring: Koichi Sato, Kanako Higuchi, Keiko Kitagawa, Shuhei Nomura, Hana Sugisaki
North American Premiere
Earnest and hard-working, Atsushi has spent most of his life obsessed with his work. Retiring to Hokkaido with his loving wife Ryoko, he can’t seem to figure out what to do with himself. Out of concern, Ryoko asks Atsushi to build a stone wall around their country home and a troubled local boy is recruited to help. Ryoko discovers she has a terminal heart condition but hides the diagnosis from Atsushi as their daughter, estranged for many years, comes back on the scene. A powerful and heartfelt story of love, loss and reconciliation, based on the novel by Edward Mooney Jr.
*Proceeds from the screening will be donated in support of those suffering as a result of the April Earthquakes in Kyushu.