Tuesday, May 01, 2007

SFIFF: HANA and Hirokazu Kore-eda

HANA: Don't miss this exquisite Japanese film.

"A movie about a samurai from the director of AFTER LIFE and NOBODY KNOWS. Filled with Kore-eda's characteristic moments of quiet beauty, this tale of a hapless samurai seeking vengeance but finding acceptance is a celebration of pacifism and a tribute to Japanese cinema history." (SFIFF film note)

My interview with director Hirokazu Kore-eda is available at the exceptional site (film news, reviews, interviews, rentals, sales): http://www.greencine.com/central/hirokazukoreeda

"Hirokazu Kore-eda: Synching Up with the After Life"

"Upon first meeting one of the great humanist filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda, last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by his modesty and peacefulness, characteristics embodied also by Soza (Junichi Okada), the reluctant swordsman/hero in Kore-eda’s most recent film Hana, screening this week at SFIFF. An aficionada of his four previous films: Maborosi (1996), After Life (1999), Distance (2002), and Nobody Knows (2004), I was ecstatic at the opportunity to meet and speak with this foremost world cinema director, who, as far as I’m concerned, should be considered one of Japan’s Living Treasures." (Continue reading at: http://www.greencine.com/central/hirokazukoreeda)

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2006, 127 mins.

Wed. May 2 6:45 Kabuki
Sat. May 5 5:45 PFA


Anonymous Adam said...

Another film I'm sad to be missing at SFIFF, just as much as I'm bummed I'm missing THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA too. Nice inciteful interview w/ Sophie Fiennes over at GreenCine, btw. Thanks for doing that.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Cathleen Rountree said...

Hey, Adam, thanks for your comment. It's a shame to miss HANA, but PERVERT'S starts at the Roxie later next week. Try to catch it there; definitely worth seeing.

12:36 PM  

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