July 27, 2012
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U.S. Premiere
Introduction and Q&A with director Hisako Matsui

Leonie Gilmour, an American editor and journalist, falls in love with famous Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and gives birth to a son, Isamu Noguchi, who will become the world-renowned sculptor and architect. Acclaimed director Hisako Matsui (Yukie and Oriume) found inspiration in Leonie’s life story seven years ago when she read Masayo Duus’ The Life of Isamu Noguchi. Determined to share the tale of this extraordinary woman with the world, Matsui spent several years working through 14 drafts of the screenplay. The resulting film, shot on location across Japan and the U.S., brings together an impressive international ensemble of talented filmmakers.

Japan. 2010. 99 min., 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Hisako Matsui. With Emily Mortimer, Shido Nakamura, Mieko Harada, Keiko Takeshita, Christina Hendricks.

"Why I became an artist is related deeply to how my mother lived through her life."
–Isamu Noguchi

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012

$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students

This event is SOLD OUT.

  • Friday, July 27, 2012
  • 7:00 pm