Free Film Screenings

Enjoy four days of award-winning Japanese film screenings by Shochiku Co, Japan’s leading film studio. From drama to comedy, catch seven specially-curated films like The Travelling Cat Chronicles and more!
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Little Forest (Summer & Autumn)

Ichiko lives in a tiny village in northeastern Japan. She moved out to the city once, but felt lost there and returned. With no supermarkets or convenience stores nearby, living in the village is like living off the land. She grows her own rice, works the farm, and makes meals out of seasonal foods gathered from the neighboring mountains and fields. In the stillness of time, Ichiko rediscovers herself and recharges by eating delicious, natural foods to move forward…

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Little Forest (Winter & Spring)

Ichiko lives in a tiny village in northeastern Japan. She moved out to the city once, but felt lost there and returned. With no supermarkets or convenience stores nearby, living in the village is like living off the land. She grows her own rice, works the farm, and makes meals out of seasonal foods gathered from the neighboring mountains and fields. In the stillness of time, Ichiko rediscovers herself and recharges by eating delicious, natural foods to move forward…

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ReLIFE

27 year-old Arata Kaizaki (Taishi NAKAGAWA) becomes unemployed after quitting his job after only 5 months. He meets a mysterious man named Ryo Yoake (Yudai CHIBA), who urges him to participate in an experimental social reintegration program called "ReLIFE" that enable him to rejuvenate his appearance by 10 years for a period of one year by taking an experimental drug. Arata reenters high school as a student, where he gradually forms a strong bond with a unique group of classmates but once the one-year experiment expires, he will be erased from their memory. What will the future hold for him after ReLIFE?

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

After being involved in an accident in traffic, former stray cat Nana was rescued by a kind-hearted youth who loved cats, Satoru (Sota FUKUSHI), and was living happily as his pet cat for five years. But due to certain circumstances, Satoru had no choice but give up Nana. So Satoru and Nana went traveling together, for the purpose of finding a new owner for the cat. They headed off on a journey to visit people that Satoru had encountered so far in his life who were important to him, such as close friends, his first love, and others...

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What a Wonderful Family!

On the birthday of Tomiko (Kazuko YOSHIYUKI), her husband, Shuzo (Isao HASHIZUME), asks her what she wants as a memorial gift. She answers, “A divorce.” Their children are much thrown into a state of panic to hear this news of separation. Amid the sudden tumult of life, each member of the family begins to publicize respective grievances.

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What a Wonderful Family! 2

Several years have passed since Shuzo Hirata (Isao HASHIZUME) and his wife Tomiko (Kazuko YOSHIYUKI) came within inches of getting divorced. Shuzo enjoys getting out of the house and going for drives, but after his car starts to collect more dents that ever before, his eldest son Konosuke (Masahiko NISHIMURA) and daughter-in-law Fumie (Yui NATSUKAWA) begin to worry about his safety as an elderly driver, and decide to ask him to relinquish his license. However, how on earth are they going to convince such a stubborn old man to do so?

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What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life

Fumie lives in a three-generational household with her two growing sons, her husband Konosuke, and his parents. One afternoon, she nods off to sleep in between performing her usual chores, during which time a thief breaks into the house and steals a sum of money! Konosuke berates Fumie. His insensitive negation of her daily struggle to complete all the household tasks dumped in her lap sets off an explosion of her pent-up anger and frustration. She walks out on the family, leaving them to do everything for themselves! Is the Hirata family on the verge of permanent collapse this time?!

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