Japanese Film Festival

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 at 18:00
Venue: CC “ODEON” (55, Mihai Eminescu str, Chisinau)

** This Film Festival is held for 2 days -on November 2 and 3.

Tremble All You Want (2017: 117 min)

Director: OOKU Akiko
Original language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Romanian

Yoshika, a 24-year old office clerk,is in her tenth year of unrequited love for Ichimiya (‘Ichi’, or‘One’), a fellow student in middle school. Now ‘Two’, a persistent fellow worker, asks her out. As no one has ever done this before, she is pleased, but their relationship does not seem to catch fire. This cannot be said for the futon in her apartment, which bursts into flame from contact with an electric heater. The fire is extinguished, but her brush with death makes her determined to see the Ichi again, and she sets to work organizing a reunion of classmates who by and large don’t remember her at all. Obsessed with her imaginary ‘One’, and timid with regard to the real ‘Two’, Yoshika struggles to find herself, torn between fantasy and reality, and between what she really wants and what she really doesn’t. Vivacious in her own mind, drab to the outside world, Yoshika is the heroine of a true romantic comedy for the present day.


PARKS (2017: 118 min)

Director: SETA Natsuki
Original language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Romanian

Haru, a high school girl comes to Kichijoji looking for Sachiko, the woman mentioned in a love letter of Haru’s late father. Currently living at Sachiko's address is Jun, a female university student who loves playing guitar. Jun becomes interested in Haru's cause, and together they start to search for Sachiko's family house where they meet Sachiko's grandson, Tokio. He tells them that Sachiko passed away just recently.Later, Tokio finds a reel-to-reel tape in Sachiko's belongings. Apparently, Shinpei and Sachiko used to play music together, and the tape contains a song sung by the couple. However, the tape is damaged and they cannot hear the song to the end. Tokio, Haru, and Jun decide to complete the song themselves.

Her Sketchbook (2017: 106 min)

Director: OZAKI Masaya
Original language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Romanian

Smile, you're almost there Mami rarely leaves home since she dropped out from middle school. She
has been escaping reality by immersing herself in copying her favorite manga and illustrations in her room full of books and comics. Her father, Eisuke, worries a lot about her ever since he divorced with her mother, Mika.
One day, Eisuke finds Mami a part-time job as a video game tester to find and report bugs in the company’s products. She accepts, thinking she can stay isolated from other people, until her colleague, Ryotaro, finds out her talent for drawing pictures.
By getting involved with new people and society, Mami tries to step out into a new world, but after years of mimicking other people’s works, she is unable to create something of her own… 

Let's Go, JETS! From Small Town Girls to U.S.Champions?! (2017: 121 min)

Director: KAWAI Hayato
Original language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Romanian

Hikari Tomonaga (Suzu Hirose) enrolls at Fukui Chuo High School, and joins its cheer dance club for the sole reason of cheering on a boy she has known from their junior high days. However, the club’s
coach, female teacher Kaoruko Saotome (Yuki Amami), is a harsh and no-nonsense task master who suddenly declares: “Our aim is to become U.S. champions! No fringes or boyfriends allowed!” As older students quickly quit the club, the presence of Hikari’s teammate Ayano (Ayami Nakajo) encourages her to decide to stick with cheer dance for the time being. Will the club achieve their goal of becoming U.S. champions? These ordinary schoolgirls set off on a long journey toward making their dream a reality.


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Fri., November 2

   18:00  Opening Ceremony
   18:15  Tremble All You Want
Sat., November 3 
   10:00 PARKS
   12:10  Tremble All You Want
   14:20 Her Sketchbook
   16:20 Let's Go, JETS! From Small Town Girls to U.S.Champions?!