JF Theater for August 2022 :
Master Director Series II – YAMADA Yoji

All films are subtitled in Thai unless specified otherwise.
Free admission at the JF Auditorium of the Japan Foundation, Bangkok.
Starting from 18:30 and is limited to 40 seats due to social distancing regulations.

Final Take

Friday, August 5, 2022
Directed by YAMADA Yoji
1986 | 135 mins.

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The stage was set in the early 1930s when silent movies were being replaced with the talkies. Koharu had dreams of becoming an actress. She had a chance to perform in director Ogura’s film but didn’t do it well enough. Anyway, Ogura had patience with her and he let her substitute the main actress in another film. Production went smoothly until the final take, a romantic scene between Koharu and her lover, she was unable to project the depth of performance requited by the director. Ogura patiently postponed the shooting until the following day, and he was delighted most when Koharu finally succeeded. Her improved performance came as a result of her father’s confession as to why he married her mother.

The Rainbow Seeker

Friday, August 19, 2022
Directed by YAMADA Yoji
1996 | 120 mins.

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Ryo left home and got a job at a small theater run by Shirogane Katsuo, a man who live and breathed the movies. Thoughts of moving on to something else, Ryo almost quit working at the theater, but he reminded himself that he was working with Katsuo on a mission to make people happy through movies and changed his mind. Theater business did not go well, and, finally, Ryo returned home and Katsuo continue to live his movie life.

My Sons

Friday, August 26, 2022
Directed by YAMADA Yoji
1991 | 121 mins.

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The film focuses on the relationship between a father and his two sons. The elder son went to college and got a good job, while the younger son, Tetsuo, stopped his student at high school and began low-paying manual labor. Tetsuo falls in love with Seiko, who is deaf and mute. On introducing her to his father and elder brother, he announces that they plan to marry. Tetsuo worries that his father will be upset, but instead he accepts and supports his proposal.