Idaten (Ep. 1: “Before the Dawn”)

April 25, 2020
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Saturday, April 25, 2 PM 
Introduced by producers Mio Ietomi and Kei Kurube, followed by a talk presentation

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.

Every year, NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster) produces a yearlong historical drama series known as their “taiga drama.” Last year’s taiga drama Idaten, presented in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the 1964 Summer Olympics and in anticipation of the 2020 edition, focused on the history of Japanese sports and Japan’s participation in the Olympics throughout the 20th century—only the second taiga drama to ever involve postwar Japanese history. In this special free screening and talk event, the pilot episode of Idaten screens for the first time with English subtitles, followed by a talk presentation about the project and its contexts by two of the show’s key producers.
Approx. 100 minutes. This screening and talk event is free. Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis

2019. 58 min. DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tsuyoshi Inoue. With Nakamura Kankuro VI, Takeshi Kitano, Koji Yakusho, Kanji Furutachi.

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Box Office Policy

  • Saturday, April 25, 2020
  • 2:00 pm