Nippon

Between Myth and Reality:
Arts and Culture from the
Land of the Rising Sun

Films

The new cultural centre LAC continues his endeavour.
This film retrospective avoids the stereotypes of the Geisha and Samurai in order to focus on the changing aspects of Japanese culture. Starting with the movie that has made Japanese cinema famous in the West, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the retrospective will encompass very popular animation films, as well as movies documenting contemporary Japan such as Hana-Bi by Takeshi Kitano and Nobody-Knows by Hirokasu Kore-eda.
Tuesday, 9th November 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Rashomon - 1950

Akira Kurosawa - 88 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
One of Akira Kurosawa’s best known works, and the movie that won him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Oscar as Best Foreign Film. Three characters tell, and interpret from their own points of view, the story of a robber. Not only versions of the story reveal their personalities but highlight the fickle nature of truth.
Tuesday, 23rd November 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
In the Realm of the Senses - 1976

Nagisa Öshima - 109 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
The best know cinematographic representation of Japanese sensuality at its most radical. To be told without censorship is the story of two lovers who bring their greed for mutual possession to extreme consequences.
Tuesday 30th November 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Street of Shame - 1956

Kenji Mizoguchi - 87 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
While the government is considering a ban on prostitution, in a brothel the personal dramas of three women play out each of which walks her own path towards dignity passing through cynicism, disenchantment, self-sacrifice. The last film of the director, a masterpiece belonging to the genre of the “lower depths”.
Sunday, 5th December 2010, at 5 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Grave of the Fireflies - 1988

Isao Takahata - 89 min.

O.v. with subtitles in Italian
The tragic story of a boy and his four year old sister who in the WWII years loose their parents, roam alone, find refuge in a cave and eventually die of starvation. An animation movie of exceptional harshness and expressive force, highlighting the folly of war seen through the eyes of its most harmless victims.
Thursday 9th December 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Tokio Monogatari (Tokyo Story) - 1953

Yasujirô Ozu - 136 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
An elderly couple travels to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, but communication between generations turns out to be difficult. The parents-children relationship becomes the metaphor of the social and cultural changes in post-war Japan, but also an opportunity for the elderly to take stock of their lives. One of the masterpieces of the director.
Tuesday, 14th December 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Hana-Bi - 1997

Takeshi Kitano - 103 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
Winner or the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and the film which established the director’s style in the West: violence not only as a form of expression, but as an attempt to achieve an order and the only way to serenity.
Tuesday, 21st December 2010, at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
Nobody knows - 2004

Hirokasu Kore-eda - 141 min.

O.v. with subtitles in French and German
A tale of segregation which epitomises of a condition of existence: four siblings, abandoned by their mother, illegally share a small flat, unbeknownst to their neighbours. The eldest, and only one free to leave the dwelling, is charged with the difficult task of keeping the situation under control.
Sunday, 16th January 2011, at 3 p.m.
Cinema Iride, Lugano
My Neighbor Totoro - 1988

Hayao Miyazaki - 86 min.

Italian
An animation film of extraordinary success in which a tale full of grace and the surprising beauty of the drawings convey a profound reflections on the relationship between man and landscape, on the spirituality of nature, thus evoking the magic of the world observed through the eyes of children.