Director: Kôji Fukada
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Momone Shinokawa
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Workshop owner Toshio (Furutachi) lives contentedly with his wife Akie (Tsutsui) and ten-year-old-daughter Hotaru (Shinokawa), a lively girl who struggles to master the harmonium.
Life goes on for the three of them, until Toshio hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Asano), an old friend who has recently been released from prison.
As Yasaka becomes more open about his past, a buried secret threatens to sully Toshio’s good name and sever familial ties.
A beautifully crafted film, with strong performances from both the experienced adult cast and young Shinokawa.
Here is a link to a Review from – appropriately – The Japan Times (yes, it is in English) following a viewing at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 6th June 2017
Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)
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Free Fire last week had a very mixed reception from our audience – it didn’t appeal to some, but others were full of praise! Two patrons wrote to say that they “absolutely loved” the film and “found it exciting that the David Lean is keeping up to date with modern audiences and selecting films which are both fresh and innovative”. So – we can’t please everyone all the time, but we do our best to showcase what we think will appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
The “masterly and complex” Graduation attracted small audiences but feedback indicated that supporters found it impressive and absorbing, with one praising the unexpectedly “up-beat ending”. Romanian cinema has become increasingly admired, so it’s worth watching out for future work from their talented directors. Read More……….
We’ve had another week of diverse films, in addition to the challenges posed by the Arts Bar being cut in half to make way for a new door into the Braithwaite Hall! Tuesday’s absorbing The Lost City of Z was followed by the long-awaited return of theatre to the David Lean’s screen, via the Globe on Screen Twelfth Night. The evening screening virtually sold out, and feedback indicated that delighted supporters thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with much laughter heard throughout.
Saturday’s audience for Beauty and the Beast – one of the highest-grossing films of 2017 – was surprisingly small, but patrons very much enjoyed an enchanting story that one felt was even better than the 1991 animated classic. So, Tuesday’s 14:30 screening can be highly recommended as a half term treat. Read More…….