Monday, March 15, 2010

The CJS Movie Night is BOUNCE KOGALS 「バウンスKo GALS」

The Canada-Japan Society’s 2009 – 2010 Movie Nights series continues this Friday, with a screening of Masato Harada’s controversial award-winner, “Bounce Ko Gals”.

Set in the fading bubble economy against a backdrop of the “paid dating” (enjo kosai) scene, the film follows the trials and tribulations of three girls over the span of one day and night in the ultra-trendy Shibuya district of Tokyo. The film combines seediness and sentimentality in a coming-of-age drama, with some truly memorable characters.

Masato Harada is one of the more thoughtful directors in the Japanese movie industry. He has lived and worked for long periods in the West, informing his unique, insightful perspectives on Japanese society. “Bounce Ko Gals” won numerous awards on the film festival circuit in Japan, particularly for screenwriting and the acting of the three young leads Hitomi Sato, Yasue Sato, and Yukiko Okamoto. The films also features Japanese stalwart Koji Yakusho.

As usual, the screening will be followed by an after-party at Everest Café. Join us!

Bounce Ko Gals
1997, 110 minutes
Director: Masato Harada
Cast: Hitomi Sato, Yasue Sato, Yukiko Okamoto, Koji Yakusho

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
NFB Theatre
150 John Street (at Richmond), 2nd floor

CJS Members $5, Non-Members $10

After-party at Everest Café (232 Queen St. W.)