Best of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival: RENT-A-CAT

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July 24th, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 26th, 2020 @ 9:00 pm EDT

Cost: $6.99
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Best of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival

July 17 – August 23, 2020

Best of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival: RENT-A-CAT
The Japan Foundation, Toronto is proud to co-present the, Best of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. The special summer edition features great Japanese films that have graced the big screen during the past eight years of the festival that has been postponed until October later this year. Click here for a full  list of the films that will be available to watch online.
July 24 – July 26, 2020
Directed by OGIGAMI Naoko (2011, 110 min.)

This gentle, whimsical comedy by director Naoko Ogigami (Kamome Shokudo, Megane) celebrates self-discovery and explores the importance of finding companionship, both human and otherwise.

Sayoko defies the stereotypical “cat lady.” Young, single, tallish and attractive, she befriends any and all stray cats. In turn, she rents out cats to lonely hearts of all kinds. Pushing her handcart of cats along the riverbank, she announces from a megaphone, “Cats for rent! If you’re lonely, rent a cat!” And finding customers is not a problem: an old lady would like to buy a pet but fears that it will outlive her; a hen-pecked father; a rental company employee hoping a cat will ease her loneliness. But ever since her grandmother’s death, Sayoko is lonely too. Until one day, when a mysterious young man from her past appears on the riverbank…

Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka



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All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

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July 24th, 2020 @ 9:00 am
July 26th, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Japanese with English subtitles
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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and The Japan Foundation, Toronto