2019 Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

2019 Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

DESTINY, THE TALE OF KAMAKURA (KAMAKURA MONOGATARI)
Friday, July 19, 2019, 7:30 PM, Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Masakazu Isshiki, mystery novelist, marries Akiko, and brings her back to his home town, Kamakura, a town known to have spirits, ghosts, and hybrid animals. The young couple are learning to navigate the peaks and valleys of married life, when Akiko sickens and dies. Heartbroken, Masakazu decides to find her and bring her home. This feature film is filled with adventure, love, mystery, and a view of life after death.
(2017, 129 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


HIGH AND LOW (TENGOKU TO JIGOKU)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:30 AM, Director: Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune plays the role of a shoe company executive, Mr. Gondo, who becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom. Gondo learns that it is his chauffeur’s son who has been kidnapped by mistake. The kidnappers still demand the ransom. Will Gondo give up his fortune to save the life of a child that isn’t his own? (1963, 143 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


OKKO’S INN (WAKA OKAMI WA SHOGAKUSEI!)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2:00 PM, Director: Kitaro Kosaka
Young Okko was in the back seat of the family car with her parents when they were killed in an accident. She now lives with her grandmother who runs a country inn. Okko meets and makes friends with the ghosts of children who have died. This anime film depicts death and grief from a child’s point of view with understanding, sensitivity, and a playful tone. (2018, 94 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


MIKO GIRL (MIKOCCHAKEN)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 4:00 PM, Director: Su-Yeon Gu
Miko Girl is a coming of age film of an immature girl whose father, Otori, is priest of a Shinto Shrine. Otori’s daughter, Shiwasu, was abandoned by her mother who left the shrine when Shiwasu was a child. Shiwasu doesn’t want to be a shrine maiden and rebels by ignoring the rules for shrine maidens. A little boy, Kenta, is found on the shrine’s grounds and Shiwasu becomes his caretaker. She sees herself in Kenta and comes to terms with herself and the past. (2018, 98 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


THE THIRD MURDER (SANDOME NO SATSUJIN)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:15 PM, Director: Hirokazu Kore’eda
Misumi has a criminal record and has confessed to the charge of murder. Misumi’s prominent lawyer, Shigemori, doesn’t believe his client. There is no mystery for the viewer whether or not Misumi has killed his boss. We see Misumi strike the victim on the back of his head with a hammer. Kore’eda concentrates on Japan’s legal system which fails when cases are complex and emotionally fraught. 2018 Japanese Academy Awards for Best Director; Best Film; Best Supporting Actor; Best Supporting Actress (2017, 124 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! 2 (KAZOKU WA TSURAI YO2)
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00 PM, Director: Yoji Yamada
The sequel to the first What a Wonderful Family! finds Shuzo and Tomiko a few years older. They are still together and have not separated or divorced. Their daughter in law, Fumie, notices a dent or two in Shuzo’s new car and suggests to the family that Shuzo should stop driving. No one has the courage to broach him on the subject. (2017, 113 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)


FORGIVE - DON’T FORGET
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 4:20 PM, 2019 Emerging Film Maker Award Winner
Directors: Brad Bennett, Jonah Guelzo, Austin Journey, Paul Ufema
Many Japanese samurai swords were confiscated and found their way to the United States after World War II. Japanese swords are an integral part of Japan’s cultural heritage, history, and art. Film maker and documentarian Brad Bennett travels to Japan and returns a valuable sword to its rightful owners. Mr. Bennett will receive Sacramento Japanese Film Festival’s Emerging Film Maker Award. (2018, 71 minutes, English/Japanese)

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