Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 18, 2011: CJS Movie Night "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"

The Canada Japan Society, as our last film of 2011, is proud to present director Nagisa Oshima’s haunting masterpiece of crippling nationalism, thwarted passion, and societal derangement: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.

The film tells the story of the relationships between four men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Jack Celliers (David Bowie), a rebellious prisoner who isn’t afraid to push anybody’s buttons but holds a deep dark secret from his past; Lieutenant Colonel John Lawrence (Tom Conti), who speaks fluent Japanese and has lived there; Captain Yonoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto), the young commander of the camp who also harbors a secret regret; and Sergeant Hara (Takeshi Kitano), a brutal person who shows bits of humanity and bonds with Lawrence throughout the film.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is highlighted by excellent acting performances all around…featuring the very unlikely combination of two pop stars at the height of their popularity (David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto), an up and coming comedian (Takeshi Kitano), and the established and acclaimed actor (Tom Conti). Also of note is the outstanding soundtrack by Sakamoto….you may not know the names of the songs, but you will recognize some of them for sure.

The film brings together great acting, music, and directing to explore from both sides this often overlooked portion of the War.

(English and Japanese with English Subtitles)
Friday, November 18th, 2011
National Film Board Theatre
150 John Street (at Richmond)
7:00 PM Start
CJS Members $5
Non-Members $10

As always, the film will be followed by our post – party at Everest. It’s a great time to meet new people with a connection/interest in Japan and Japanese film, enjoy some food and drink, and have fun on a Friday evening!