Kokoro: Films of the Heart, Mind and Spirit

Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada)

Kokoro” (心) translates to “heart,” “mind,” or “spirit,” and represents the innermost feelings, emotions, and thoughts of a person. In Japanese culture, “kokoro” is often associated with sincerity, empathy, and the emotional aspect of human experience. Our hope is to evoke all the above and engage and connect as a community through film. All ticket types include admission to the Royal Ontario Museum’s regular exhibits.

Experience the power of community screenings and escape the heat by viewing beloved and trailblazing films in the newly renovated auditorium at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Panel discussions will explore themes of identity and generational perspectives and follow classic films by nisei Jesse Nishihata; sansei, Michael Fukushima, Cindy Mochizuki, Linda Ohama, and Midi Onodera; and yonsei, Jeff Chiba-Stearns, Mitch Miyagawa and Randall Okita.

Tributes to creative giants Raymond Moriyama and Jesse Nishihata will include discussions of their legacy following the  documentary, Magical Imperfection, and Nishihata’s award-winning The Inquiry Filmand Watari Dori.  Kokoro offers a rare opportunity to view his films as a community on a big screen with his son Junji, included in the discussion of his legacy. 

Ugetsu Monogatari, by legendary Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi, will be a final flourish. Hailed as “one of the most perfect movies in the history of Japanese cinema,”, this 1953 classic film was ahead of its time in focussing on the tragic effects of war on women.

All ticket types include admission to the Royal Ontario Museum’s regular exhibits.