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U of M CJS Summer Film Series (7/16-8/13/10)

June 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Events

The University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a series of free Japanese movie presentations this summer. Entitled “The Real and Surreal in Japanese Contemporary Film“, CJS will be showcasing a total of five Japanese films at the Askwith Auditorium (Lorch Hall) each Friday from July 16th to August 13th. Films are listed below–each starts at 7PM in the evening.

Flyer available here.

July 16th: Hula Girls (Directed by Sang-il Lee)
2006 / 121 min. / 35mm / In Japanese with English subtitles.
First released in Japan in 2006, Hula Girls is based on a true story about a group of girls who save their small village with hula dancing. The film was nominated for twelve awards at the 2007 Japan Academy Awards and received five, including best film.

July 23rd: Big Man Japan (Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto)
2007 / 113 min. / 35mm / In Japanese with English subtitles.
Middle-aged and poverty-stricken, Masaru Daisato periodically transforms into a giant in order to defend Japan from invading monsters. This comedy is a clever spoof of super hero films.

July 30th: 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi)
2008 / 142 min. / 35mm / In Japanese with English subtitles.
Based on a serial manga, this film features a group of young boys who wrote a book about fighting an evil organization. Thirty years later, their childhood prophecies come true.

August 6th: Maiko Haaaan!!! (Directed by Nobuo Mizuta)
2007 / 120 min. / 35mm / In Japanese with English subtitles.
A slapstick comedy written by the screenwriter of PingPong, this film features an office worker who is pursuing a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) in Kyoto.

August 13th: Battle League Horumo (Directed by Katsuhide Motoki)
2009 / 113 min. / 35mm / In Japanese with English subtitles.
Based on a best-selling fantasy novel, this combat/action/ comedy film follows Akira Abe as he is accepted into Kyoto University and gets pulled into a club that battles an army of oni (spirits).

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  • Cheryl Jones-Bell

    I am interested in Japanese lessons for my daughter. Are you aware of any in the Detroit-Metro Area?

    Cheryl Jones-Bell

  • MJPA Admin


    We’ll see what is available and have someone contact you.


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