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    • 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Viewing Party
      SOCIAL EVENT

      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Viewing Party

      Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 PM

      Cheer for 2011 Women’s World Cup Champions “Nadeshiko Japan” on their quest to defend their title!
    • Free Trial Japanese Lesson
      LANGUAGE CENTER EVENT

      Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Monday, July 6, 12 PM
      Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 PM

      Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Free Trial Japanese Lesson, taught by the Toyota Language Center’s Director, Tomoyo Kamimura. This lesson is structured for complete beginners of Japanese.
    • JOKER GAME
      FILM

      JOKER GAME

      Thursday, July 9, 6:30 PM

      Lieutenant Colonel Yuki (Yusuke Iseya) established the mysterious D Agency, an independent unit of the Japanese army at the eve of WWII. Rejecting army academy graduates, he instead recruits street-smart hustlers or degenerates, training them to be masters of manipulation, international operatives counteracting the war-mongering colonialist efforts of imperial army leadership. One such antihero agent under the name Jiro Kato (Kazuya Kamenashi) goes on a harrowing mission to uncover secret documents, battling forces from within and without his own ranks.
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    • HIBI ROCK: Puke Afro and the Pop Star
      FILM

      HIBI ROCK: Puke Afro and the Pop Star

      Thursday, July 9, 9 PM

      Based on the popular manga series by Katsumasa Enokiya, the director of 8000 Miles – SR: Saitama no Rapper is back with a raucous tale of a young man, Hibinuma (Shuhei Nomura), who moved to Tokyo dreaming of becoming a rockstar. With no money or prospects, he and his bandmates live and work at an underground venue. Things look up when a naked Hibinuma is kicked off the stage by a rambunctious girl (Fumi Nikaido, 2014 JAPAN CUTS guest) who shows him how to really rock.
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    • Round Trip Heart
      FILM

      Round Trip Heart

      Friday, July 10, 6:30 PM

      The limited express “Romancecar” railway service links Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station with tourist destinations such as Odawara, Enoshima, and Kamakura, every day carrying train attendant Hachiko Hojo back and forth (an excellent Yuko Oshima, in her first starring role since departing the idol group AKB48).
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    • Makeup Room
      FILM

      Makeup Room

      Friday, July 10, 8:45 PM

      Drawing from his own experiences, seasoned adult video director Kei Morikawa adapted his witty comedy that he originally wrote for the stage into a delightfully titillating feature. Starring real-life adult video actresses, comedic exchanges and tender moments tumble into one another as actors and crew run in and out of the dressing room of a porn shoot--a shoestring budget Day for Night of the Japanese adult video world.

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    • Belladonna of Sadness (4K restoration)
      FILM

      Belladonna of Sadness (4K restoration)

      Friday, July 10, 10:30 PM

      Never before released in the U.S., JAPAN CUTS presents a sneak preview of the just-completed 4K restoration of forgotten animation masterpiece Belladonna of Sadness. It is the third and last of the adult-oriented Animerama trilogy produced by the “Godfather of Manga” Osamu Tezuka and directed by his longtime collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy).
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    • And the Mud Ship Sails Away
      FILM

      And the Mud Ship Sails Away

      Saturday, July 11, 12:30 PM

      Indignant slacker Takashi (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) has an attitude. Unfortunately there’s no one but his ancient grandmother (Misao Hirayama, the director’s 96-year-old grandmother) and pleasant friend Shohei (Kaori Iida) to hear his apathetic wisecracks in the small city of Otawara. One day, Yuka (Ayasa Takahashi) appears and announces herself to be his half-sister by their deadbeat father. It doesn’t take long to size up her near-middle-aged unemployed sibling, charging him to take action that sets the film off on a fantastical turn.
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    • The Vancouver Asahi
      FILM

      The Vancouver Asahi

      Saturday, July 11, 2:30 PM

      In Vancouver of the 1930s there was a bustling Japantown with a local baseball team called the Vancouver Asahi formed by a group of young men born in Canada to Japanese immigrant parents. Working hard to make ends meet and enduring racism in a predominantly Caucasian surrounding, the men still manage to find the time to play the sport they love... even though they lose every time.
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    • Out of My Hand
      FILM

      Out of My Hand

      Saturday, July 11, 5 PM

      Hokkaido-born, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Takeshi Fukunaga takes his camera to Liberia, casting mostly non-professionals and delivers an impressively assured first feature – the first. After a labor strike loses steam and defeated rubber tree tappers go back to work to continue the cycle of poverty and frustration they initially protested, Cisco desperately seeks a way out as a cab driver in New York City. But he soon discovers there are some things he can’t escape, and before Cisco can build a new future for himself he must first confront the ghosts of his war-torn past.
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