12th Japanese Film Week in Jordan: Generations of Screen Culture…

Jordan’s 12th Japanese Film Week kicks off today, bringing Amman a variety of cinematic choices from different genres, exploring both modern and traditional Japanese culture.اضافة اعلان

Screenings begin today at the Rainbow Theater in Jabal Amman and run until Thursday. The event is organized by the Royal Film Commission in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Jordan. The films to be screened are as follows.

Monday: The House of the Lost on the Cape (2021)
This nostalgic fantasy,Misaki no Mayoiga” in Japanese, is a film adaptation of the Noma Children’s Literature Award-winning work by Sachiko Kashiwaba, a popular author who influenced “Spirited Away.”

In a small coastal town destroyed by a tsunami, a mysterious old woman takes a mute little girl and a rebellious teenager to her magical residence, located on a cape overlooking impressive cliffs. Strangers at first, the two children soon become like sisters, guided by this woman who introduces them to an invisible world populated by spirits, both protective and evil. By drawing on the fantastic, the film evokes with emotion and elegant drawings the possible healing of victims of trauma.

The House of the Lost was produced as part of a project commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku tsunami. He asks the question: “How should the survivors continue to live?” because each of the characters was individually spared by his family. The answer, the film shows, is to join the community, to protect the needy, to respect Japanese and especially Shinto traditions, and to persevere in the face of grief. These are the keys to recovery.

As the plot progresses, the story of the two girls hides constant, silent reminders of the disaster, generating what can only be described as a “gently post-apocalyptic” tone.


Tuesday: It’s a summer movie! (2020)
This first film by Soushi Matsumoto tells the story of three high school friends who decide to fulfill one of their dreams.

The heroine, nicknamed Barefoot, is part of the high school video club, but unfortunately everyone wants to film a romance and her own idea of ​​entering the film festival is rejected.

Barefoot wants to make art, real cinema, a samurai movie. And his two friends, Blue Hawaii and Kickboard, are there to help.

And that’s where it all begins, where the production begins. Barefoot, with an unlikely crew in tow, a phone to film on, and a young rebel delighted with motorcycle flashes for a lighting crew, sets out to create her own samurai film.

Then it’s a summer movie! was screened at various festivals, favorable reviews arrived. The concept ? We have already seen a lot of it: this high school environment, the feel-good flavors, the improbable mixture of genres, and the satirical bites of romantic comedies… while inevitably becoming it itself.

The film handles this genre salad with a refreshing ease that’s very enjoyable to watch. The love of creation, the love of cinema, and in particular, the love of the typically Japanese samurai genre, the “chanbara”, shines through the dialogues and the screenplay.


Wednesday: Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (2020)

An energetic and uplifting action adaptation of Akutagawa and Bungei Award-winning Chisako Wakatake’s debut novel, Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone reflects the changing times in Japan and the Japanese way of life.

Yuko Tanaka and Yu Aoi both play the main character, a woman named Momoko who left her hometown to progress through the stages of marriage, motherhood, and then widowhood in Tokyo. Shuichi Okita, who wrote and directed The Woodsman and the Rain (2011) and A Story of Yonosuke (2013), focuses the plot on the lives of the elderly. Elder Momko’s existence is strengthened by hope, appreciation of younger generations, contribution to society, bringing wisdom and connection to family roots.

The film explores how older people adapt to loneliness and impact their environment.


Thursday: Hell’s Garden (2021)
In this action-comedy written by Bakarhythm and starring Mei Nagano, the curtain rises on a fierce battle involving office workers from different companies.

Naoko works in the sales department of a company. She longs for a normal “office lady” (OL) life, but at her workplace, a fierce factional conflict between all the OLs is going on.

One day, Ran, a charismatic office worker, is assigned to the sales department as a mid-career employee. With overwhelming force, Ran conquers the company’s OLs and quickly rises to the top. In the middle of this, a senior office worker from the General Affairs Department kidnaps Naoko. It is then up to Ran to save her.

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