JF Theater for December 2018 : Friend is Animal

All films are subtitled in Thai unless specified otherwise
Free admission at the Seminar Room of the Japan Foundation, Bangkok at 18.30 hours.

Friday, December 7, 2018
The School in the wood
2002/108 mins.
Directed by Yoshiharu Nishigaki

The story happens during the 2nd World War, telling about Kawai family with Masao as their third son and a leader of the boys in the village. Masao wants to have a zoo at his backyard so he gathers many animals. One day, Miyoko, a girl who lost her father in the war move to the village from Tokyo, befriended by the local children help she forgot her sadness.

Friday, December 14, 2018
Penquins in the sky – Asahiyama zoo
2008/112 mins.
Directed by Makino Masahiko

Amidst continuing financial debt of the early 1990s, the Asahiyama Zoo is in danger of closing, when freshman zookeeper Yoshida Tsuyoshi (Nakamura Yasuhi) joins the staff. Bullied as a child, Yoshida doesn’t meld well into social situations but under zoo superintendent Takizawa Kanji (Nishida Toshiyuki) he feels the passion of the zoo and enthusiastically strives to increase admissions. Through a series of initiatives such as specialist guides for each animal and “nighttime viewing,” Asahiyama Zoo gradually begins to regain popularity.

Friday, December 21, 2018
Story of young elephant
1986/106 mins.
Directed by Kinoshita Ryu

During the Pacific War, the Government ordered Ueno Zoo to kill all dangerous animals, including elephants, to protect the citizens of Tokyo. Elephant keeper Shota cares for a little elephant and its mother. He tries everything to save their lives, but the mother elephant dies of starvation. The little elephant survives thanks to being fed secretly by Shota. He manages to ship it to the countryside of Nagano Prefecture in a crate marked as a grand piano. Forty years after the war, the no-longer-little elephant is returned to Ueno Zoo and has a daughter and grandson.

Friday, December 28, 2018
Forest of Little bear
1988/117 mins.
Directed by Goto Toshio

The original story was written by director GOTO Toshio. The story is about the close relationship between a boy and his little bear friend. But when the little bear grown up, they cannot live together anymore.