本年(2019年度)は東京、大阪、鹿児島、福井、滋賀などで上映会を開催いたしました。

2020年度も各地での上映会を開催の予定ですが、まず滋賀県守山市での開催期日が決定しましたので詳細をお知らせします。

なお、これからの開催地は東京・岡山・大阪・福井・鹿児島・京都などを予定しています。

開催地や期日が決定しましたら順次この《NEWS》のページでお知らせいたします。

 

《上映会の詳細》

# 第3回国際映画祭受賞作品上映会

 

後援:滋賀県守山市教育委員会

 

上映作品:京都早春 (Early Spring KYOTO) 英語字幕付・上映時間90分 パート・カラー

出演 林 与一・新井 晴み・山田 昭二・吉村 美奈子・弓澤 公望 他

ムンバイ国際映画祭入選(インド)・ケーララ国際映画祭(インド)・京都国際映画祭(日本)

開催期日:2020年3月1日 14:00〜16:00

開催地 :滋賀県守山市 守山市立図書館多目的ホール

*上映会当日はこの作品に出演のギタリスト「ゆあさまさや」のライブ演奏も予定しています。

定員  :50名

入場料金:500円

*入場ご希望の方は電話での事前申し込みが必要となります。

電話受付開始は10:00より 《090-1712-7822》へ《お名前と参加者数》をご連絡下さい。

 

#以下にムンバイ国際映画祭(インド)から「京都早春」のレビューを記します。

 

《The screening of international film festival winning works》

 

#Supported by: Moriyama City Board of Education, Shiga Prefecture

 

The screening  in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture.
The details are as follows.

 

Screening period: Sunday, March, 1, 14: 00-16:00

Film title : “Early Spring, Kyoto” with English subtitles

Screening place : Shiga Prefecture Moriyama City Library Multipurpose Room

Winning : Mumbai International Film Festival / Kerala International Film Festival / Kyoto International Film Festival

Capacity: 50 seats

Entrance fee: 500 yen

 

The Screening at Mumbai International Film Festival

‘Early Spring, Kyoto’: Mumbai Review

 

Zen meets ghosts in Hiroshi Toda’s sequel to ‘Summer, Kyoto’

 

As delicate as a film by Ozu, who is clearly writer-director Hiroshi Toda’s inspiration, Early Spring, Kyoto (Kyoto, Sosyum) is a parable-like ghost story that wouldn’t scare a fly. Almost a variation on the idiosyncratic Japanese director’s 2013  Summer, Kyoto, this tale of nostalgic spirits shows them hanging on to the living, much as the living hang on to them, until in the end everyone goes their own way the wiser for it. After bowing at Mumbai, these reflections on death and old age should make some more inroads for Toda (Night of Fish, Seventh Cat) on the festival circuit and could well entertain the older art house crowd.

The soul of the film is old-timer Kenichi (Yoichi Hayashi), a recent widower who still feels his late wife’s presence keenly. While he does the ironing in his one-room apartment, her ghost (Harumi Arai) hovers behind him with a loving smile. His daughter occasionally helps out in his small café, where he is learning to fix sandwiches alone. All this is closely observed.

All signs point to a lovely personality in this warm, masculine figure who likes to have his fortune told and is delighted when it reads “excellent”. A potentially threatening scuffle with two punks unexpectedly turns to humor when Kenichi turns out not to be the helpless old man they take him for. This has been ably foreshadowed in a brief scene in which he practices some gentle martial art by the riverside, so it doesn’t just come out of the blue.

There are life’s mysteries all around, like an old man (Shyoji Yamada) who roams the streets joyfully feeding cats and gulls, who claims not to remember his age. One could take him for the Buddha himself. He sets the stage for Kenichi’s close encounter with the dead in the long final sequence when he drives to a remote cemetery in a dark forest to inter his wife’s ashes in the family tomb. There he meets his still-beautiful childhood playmate Mitsuko, who looks remarkably like his dead wife. Desperately lonely, she lives with her bedridden mother who is 105 years old. How old, then, is Mitsuko?

 

As in Summer, Kyoto, Yoichi Hayashi is extremely dignified without being predictable as the old householder whose life is changed by a strange encounter. Playing the wide-eyed fellow who stares at the world in wonder, Shyoji Yamada (who also appears in Stairs of Spider as the UFO seeker) practically carries over his mystery character from Summer, Kyoto.

Toda rarely makes a misstep in this impressive low bow to the traditions of classic Japanese cinema. Guillaume Tauveron and Toda’s black and white camerawork skillfully incorporates some slow motion and jump cuts to Zen-like effect. The low camera and fixed frame use a restful black and white palette, until the final shots burst into color as though heralding springtime. Mica Toda’s plaintive melodies provide a subtle accompaniment to the protagonist’s inner journey.

 

Production companies: Skeleton Films, Hiroshi Toda Production
Cast:
Yoichi Hayashi, Harumi Arai, Shyoji Yamada
Director, Screenwriter: Hiroshi Toda
Producers: Mica Toda, Masato Hanazawa
Directors of photography: Guillaume Tauveron, Hiroshi Toda
Editor: Hiroshi Toda
Music: Mica Toda
No rating, 90 minutes

 

Mumbai International Film Festival Review:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/early-spring-kyoto-mumbai-review-741609

 

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