CUFF at Macaulay and The Film Academy at Magic Hour, Tokyo, are honored to present the New York premiere of: Made in Japan – Kora! This will also be an opportunity to contribute to relief efforts through a voluntary donation to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund of the Japan Society: http://www.japansociety.org/.
The event will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street, in the Screening Room. Doors open at 6pm, with an introduction at 6:30pm and the screening at 7pm.
The screening will be followed by Q & A and refreshments. Voluntary donations to relief efforts in Japan will be accepted throughout the evening.
Made in Japan – Kora! is the first Japanese film of its kind, a unique collaboration between acclaimed Japanese film director Banmei Takahashi and his Kyoto University film students, shows the true spirit of a creative, hands-on collaborative experience.
This dark comedy begins somberly enough. At the funeral ceremony for her husband’s mother, Haruko (played by Japanese actress Miyuki Matsuda) “drops the bone,” so to speak, during the cremation ceremony. Everything goes downhill from there. Made in Japan—Kora! is laced with satire as it follows the decline and fall of a Japanese family in modern-day Kyoto. Japanese parents scold their small child, “Kora!” or “Stop it!” when the child is being particularly selfish and mean-spirited. And that’s exactly what this film is: a slap across the hand at what veteran director Banmei Takahashi and student screenwriter Chihiro Wama see as the degradation of a Japanese family unit into a bunch of childish, “me”-oriented ingrates.
The evening’s screening and reception are hosted by Morgan Schulz, faculty at Queens College Education Abroad Office and Director of the Queens College-sponsored Japanese Film and Promotion winter term course in Tokyo.
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