Our Little Sister (film screening)

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December 2nd, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm EST

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Our Little Sister

Saturday, December 2, 5:00PM (ET)
Doors open 4:30PM | Film Screening | JFT Event Hall

Directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu • 2015 Drama / Family / Slice of life • 127 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles • Trailer

Three twenty-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and begins a new life with her older sisters.

Amidst the many and varied colors of Kamakura’s four seasons, the four sisters cause each other emotional anguish, and support each other through life’s trials, developing a very special bond in the process. Set against the summer ocean sparkling with sunlight, radiant autumn foliage, a tunnel of gorgeous yet impermanent cherry blossom trees, hydrangeas damp from the rainy season, and brilliant fireworks heralding the arrival of another summer, their moving and deeply relatable story depicts the irreplaceable moments that form a true family.

Selected Awards & Recognition:

  • 2016 Japan Academy Film Prize, Best Film
  • 2016 Japan Academy Film Prize, Best Director
  • 2016 Japan Academy Film Prize, Best Cinematography
  • 2016 Japan Academy Film Prize, Best Lighting
  • 2015 San Sebastián International Film Festival, Audience Award

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Director Biography:

KORE-EDA Hirokazu was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987, Kore-eda joined TV Man Union where he directed several award-winning documentary programs. In 2014, he launched his production company BUN-BUKU.

In 1995, his directorial debut, “Maborosi”, based on the original novel by MIYAMOTO Teru, won the 52nd Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Osella. “After Life” (1998), distributed in over 30 countries, brought Kore-eda international acclaim. In 2001, “Distance” was selected in the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival; and YAGIRA Yuya, the star of his fourth work “Nobody Knows” (2004), garnered much attention for becoming the youngest person ever to receive the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor Award. In 2006, “Hana”, a film centered on vengeance, became his first attempt at a period piece. In 2008, he presented the family drama “Still Walking”, which reflected his own personal experiences, and received high praise from around the world. In 2009, “Air Doll” made its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and was widely-praised for marking a new frontier in its depiction of a sensual love fantasy. In 2011, “I Wish” won the Best Screenplay Award at the 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2012, he made his TV series directorial debut with “Going Home”. “Like Father, Like Son” (2013), won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, received the audience awards at San Sebastian, Vancouver, and Sao Paulo International Film Festivals and broke the box office records of his previous films in many territories.

Director Kore-eda went on to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for the universally acclaimed “Shoplifters”, ventured into his first French-language film and Korean-language film in “The Truth” (2019) and “Broker”(2022) respectively, and most recently made his return to Japanese cinema with “Monster” (2023), which won the Queer Palm award and Best Screenplay at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

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December 2nd, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
December 2nd, 2023 @ 7:15 pm
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Doors Open:
Japanese with English subtitles


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