ON-GAKU: Our Sound (Cineplex Scarborough)

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June 3rd, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Cost: Free
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ON-GAKU: Our Sound 音楽

Saturday, June 3, 1:00PM (ET) at Cineplex Scarborough Town Centre
(Doors open 12:30PM)

Directed by IWAISAWA Kenji 2019 Anime / Comedy / Music 71 minutes Presented in Japanese with English subtitles Free Admission Trailer

When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ’n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out.

Winner of the Best Animated Feature Grand Prize at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival and Best Original Music Award at the 2020 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

This film screening is a part of the Together We Rise Arts Festival held at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square, and Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough on June 2 & 3.

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Filmmaker Biography:

IWAISAWA Kenji was born in Tokyo in 1981. After graduating high school, he apprenticed under TERUO Ishii. He began working with video production on location for live-action movies and started producing animation on the side. In 2008 he released his first animated work, Fukuraicho, Man in the Tunnel Alley. Subsequently, after producing a number of mainly animated shorts, he began working on his independently financed film, ON-GAKU: Our Sound.

Animated almost entirely by Director Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend SAKAMOTO Shintaro, ON-GAKU brings its own sound and vision to the OHASHI Hiroyuki manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lofi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.

From Director Iwaisawa:

I was able to realize this project with effort and guts.
I didn’t have the budget, so I was prepared to complete it using time, no matter how long it took. 

Related Programming:

ON-GAKU: Our Sound is the closing screening of our LIVE HOUSE FILMS, a mini-series of three films celebrating celebration of J-rock and the Japanese indie music scene.

Together We Rise Arts Festival

The Together We Rise Festival is a celebration of the Greater Toronto Area’s Asian diaspora’s heritage and artists featuring multi-disciplinary arts programming. The festival is a first-of-its-kind event for Scarborough, presenting multiple disciplines and commissioning original, professional works, and it invites the wider Scarborough community to celebrate Asian Heritage month through this monumental event. Join us in coming together to rise and celebrate our community’s rich heritage and artistic talents!

Further Explore the World of J-Rock & Japanese Indie Music with JFT Library Items!

Deepen your appreciation of J-rock and Japanese indie music with JFT Library’s items curated for the Live House Films series! With our selection of fiction and nonfiction books/manga and audiovisual materials, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture behind this exciting genre. Whether you are a die-hard fan or new to the scene, we hope the library items will enrich your Live House Film Series experience! Apply for a new library card or renew your expired card here

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June 3rd, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
June 3rd, 2023 @ 2:30 pm
Doors Open:
Japanese with English subtitles
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive
Scarborough, Ontario M1P 4P5
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