Kibatsu Cinema: Eccentricity, Popular Culture and Contemporary Japanese Film2 min read

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Dates: June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012
Location: Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

The Powell Street Festival Society and Pacific Cinémathèque are pleased to present the fourth edition of Kibatsu Cinema, a celebration of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese film.  As a proud sponsor of Girl Sparks, the first screening in this series, Ricepaper is excited to support Kibatsu Cinema and its initiatives.  If you are looking for something new to watch in theatres, you won’t want to miss out on these quirky films!

Kibatsu Cinema: eccentricity, popular culture and contemporary Japanese film is a lead-up event to the 36th Annual Powell Street Festival, a celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage. Festival weekend is August 4-5, 2012. Please check for full schedule info.

————— SCREENINGS JUNE 7-28, 2012 ———————————
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00pm: Girl Sparks
From dynamic, up-and-coming young director Yuya Ishii, this film is light-hearted and personal, realistic and fantastic. (VANCOUVER PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 7 @ 8:50pm:
 Battle League Horumo
An adaptation of the best-selling fantasy novel by Manabu Makime, a phenomenon among the young and picky readers of Japan. (VANCOUVER PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 14 @ 7:00pm: Yuriko’s Aroma
This black comedy asks: where do we draw the line between normal desires and ones that will jeopardize everything? (VANCOUVER PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 14 @ 8:35pm: Happily Ever After
This visually striking dark comedy follows the exploits of Yukie Morita, a devoted wife, and Isao Hayama, her boorish, unemployed ex-gangster husband. (VANCOUVER PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 21 @ 7:00pm: Summer Time Machine Blues
Youthful energy collides with the theory of relativity in a exhilarating and uplifting comedy about time travel from mega-hit maker Katsuyuki Motohiro. (CANADIAN PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 21 @ 9:00pm: Hikari + Mariko Rose the Spook
The work of Devi Kobayashi, a leading figure in the Japanese independent film scene, makes its Vancouver premierewith these two comic films.

Thursday, June 28 @ 7:00pm: Tokyo Oasis
The latest from the production teams and casts responsible for Kamome Diner and Megane. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE!)

Thursday, June 28 @ 8:40pm: Abraxas
The story of a punk rocker turned Zen monk struggling with personal demons while those around him are healed in mysterious ways. (VANCOUVER PREMIERE!)

—————TICKET INFO———————————
Pacific Cinémathèque $10.50 Adult Single Bill / $12.50 Adult Double Bill / $9.00 Students & Seniors Single Bill / $11 Students & Seniors Double Bill / For more information, visit or call 24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM

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