Aim for the Best!

April 18, 2020
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Saturday, April 18, 7 PM 
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this film series and screening has been canceled and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.

Following the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics and the domestic excitement surrounding Japanese athletes, the sports manga and anime genre (supokon) became popular in Japan in the late 1960s and ’70s, including several shojo (youth female-oriented) series. Among the most iconic and influential of these is Aim for the Best!, created by Sumika Yamamoto, about an insecure high school girl who strives to become a professional tennis player with the guidance of a mysterious coach and the rivalry of an older teammate. Adapted by the pioneering anime director Osamu Dezaki, the subsequent theatrical film features his innovative and psychedelic visual style that pushed animation in bold new directions, presented in a brand new digital remaster.

1979. 88 min. DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Osamu Dezaki.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members.

3-Film Pass: $2 off each ticket when you purchase three films in the same transaction.

All-Access Pass: $77 ($7 per ticket for all 11 films in the series)

This program is part of our Aim for the Best: Sports in Japanese Cinema series.

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Box Office Policy

  • Saturday, April 18, 2020
  • 7:00 pm