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1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 859-491-2030
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* NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge in addition to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and at the door.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
in person and by telephone:
859 957 1943 — 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington KY
513 281 7487 — Ludlow Avenue, Clifton
513 871 8626 — Mt. Lookout Square
513 591 0123 — Hamilton Ave, Northside
513 651 5483 — Downtown Cincinnati
Tickets will be available at the door, unless sold out in advance.
The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
The JASGC promotes mutual understanding and cultural awareness by fostering business opportunities and political and cultural connections between the citizens, companies and governments of Japan and Greater Cincinnati.
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A family bonded by habit, love, regret and secrets
Thanks to a theater industry targeting teenage males, most Americans have a skewed perception of Japanese cinema - Anime and action crime/horror films come easily to mind. In addtion, big studio productions with high-profile talent like The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise), Lost in Translation (Bill Murray) and the art house film Japanese Story (Toni Collette) have enjoyed solid exposure, but Japan's world-class directors are often overlooked in the West.
A prime example is Hirokazu Kore-eda, considered one of the best contemporary Asian directors currently working. His last film, Nobody Knows, was an award winner at Cannes. His work (After Life, Maborosi) continues the rich tradition of family drama in Japanese cinema, drawing on the heritage of cinematic masters Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) and Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru). All three have explored themes of regret and generational separation, with profound effect.
STILL WALKING received critical acclaim in the U.S. and worldwide. It is ranked in the top five at MetaCritic of all movies for 2009; and it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%. Unlike another compelling family drama that year - Summer Hours with Juliette Binoche, Kore-eda's film did not have a big international star or a hefty marketing budget. Thus, it never hit the box office radar and was ignored by Cincinnati cinemas at the time of its theatrical release in August 2009. §> Insightful reviews
The quiet moments that define our lives
Drawn from his own experience, director Hirokazu Kore-eda offers a senstiive portrait of resilient family bonds spanning three generations. His delicate humor and subtle revelations instantly trigger our own memories of family gatherings and relationships.
Using cultural specifics to convey universal emotions, Kore-eda avoids the formulaic treatment common in Hollywood films about family, as his tender and deliberately paced film contrasts the traditionalism of older generations with the more relaxed flexibility of youth. There are no contrived fireworks or superficial crises here. Instead he employs nuance - a glance, an expression, a phrase - to deliver key feelings and character developments.
As with our own families, the Yokoyamas experience longing for acceptance tempered by regret. This film will resonate long after you've left the theatre.
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Like families worldwide, the Yokoyamas gather in the kitchen, peeling carrots, radishes and shrimp, shucking corn and frying tempura; and they gather again at the table for meals and family talk.
To avoid hunger pangs when watching, arrive early to enjoy a-la-carte hors d'oeuvres in the Carnegie Gallery, prepared by the Europa Bistro & Café.
Synopsis by Roger Macy
CLEAR SOFT BLUE LIGHT. A couple and son are travelling on a train to visit grandparents. But no - it's not his son as the boy addresses him by his first name - something they all accept. Husband, Ryota, is finding it hard to get work as a freelancer and expresses apprehension about likely remarks from his parents. Wife Yukari (Yui Natsukawa) chips in 'But it's more difficult for me. Remember - even though I may look calm, I'll be hurting inside.'
CUT TO A KITCHEN where an older woman and her grown daughter Chinami are preparing a meal, in expectation of more family arrivals...
From The Director
"STILL WALKING is a film launched by the experience of regret that we all share.
Saturday, May 7
Mikio Nishizu, Frost, Brown Todd, LLP
Timothy Swallow, Cincinnati World Cinema
Offering the unique perspective of an educator-theologian-businessman, Mr. Nishizu is a member of Frost Brown Todd's International Services Group in the Business Department, where he provides all aspects of legal services to Japanese companies operating in the United States.
Mikio has extensive experience representing multi-national companies in the strategic structuring and effective positioning of their U.S. presence, including joint ventures, acquisitions, and global transfer of international personnel.
On the civic front, Mr. Nishizu is active as a director on the boards of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati U.S.A. Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati. He received his B.A. from Jochi University, Tokyo, M.A. from Catholic University, Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law.
Tuesday, May 10
Carolyn Barricklow, Japan America Society
Yasue Kuwahara, Northern Kentucky University
Timothy Swallow, Cincinnati World Cinema
Ms. Barricklow is originally from Rising Sun, Indiana, and a University of Cincinnati graduate. She came to the Japan America Society after serving as a teacher and missionary in Hiroshima, Japan, and then as a interpreter and translator at manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
For over twenty years Dr. Yasue Kuwahara has taught courses on Japanese and American popular culture and the mass media in the Electronic Media & Broadcasting department at NKU, where she is founder and director of the Popular Studies Program. Her research focuses on the U.S. influence on postwar Japan and her publishing includes book chapters and articles in various journals, including The Journal of Popular Culture.
Originally from Tokyo, Dr. Kuwahara moved to the U.S. upon graduation from Waseda University with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. She received a M.A. in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University
About the Carnegie
The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, improvements include comfortable seating with additional leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons we have limited the capacity to 350 seats on the main floor and center balcony -- to provide the best sight lines and audience experience.
COME EARLY to socialize before selected screenings and enjoy your favorite spirits or non-alcoholic beverage. The Carnegie opens one hour before evening screenings and the cash bar is in the adjacent Gallery/reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 (corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots -- click here for the Parking Map.
Before the Film... Social Hour,
Cash Bar & Hors D'Oeuvres
Bring an appetite!
Starting one hour before each screening, stop in the Carnegie's main gallery and reception space for the social hour, cash bar and scrumptious a la carte hors d'oeuvres lovingly prepared by the Europa Bistro & Café.