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Festival showcases new Japanese films

Jan. 15, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Japan Foundation's spring 2010 film festival will begin Wednesday, Jan. 20, and feature four new films from Japan. All of the films being shown during the free, public festival are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Details and full description of films
2010 Japan Foundation Film Festival

Western Michigan University is hosting the festival over four Wednesdays in its Little Theater, located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the films will start at 7 p.m.

Festival schedule

  • Jan. 20
    "The Girl Who Leapt through Time"--This film is about a strong-willed, teenage tomboy who discovers she has the ability to leap back in time.

  • Feb. 17
    "Always--Sunset on Third Street"--This film is based on Japan's best-loved comic book series "Sunset on Third Street," and takes viewers on a nostalgic journey back to Tokyo circa 1958.

  • Feb. 24
    "Memories of Matsuko"--This film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name and uses the musical genre, pop costumes, and cuts of computer graphics and animation to create the fantastic world of a woman racing through her roller-coaster life.

  • March 10
    "I Just Didn't Do It"--This film is an engaging courtroom drama based on Japan's flawed legal system, which has a 99.9 percent guilty conviction rate and odds that seem stacked against those accused of even minor infractions.
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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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