spotlight Japan January 19 – April 6

This winter, five of Toronto's leading cultural institutions come together for Spotlight Japan, a city-wide festival celebrating classic and contemporary Japanese culture. From January 19 to April 17, 2013 venues across Toronto will host a multidisciplinary array of Japanese-focused programs, giving audiences the opportunity to fully experience some of the most exciting work ever seen on the international stage.

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Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu
January 19 – April 6

Celebrate the centenary of the legendary Japanese studio with this wild selection of genre classics and hidden gems from the Nikkatsu vault.

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Japanese Divas: Great Actresses of Classic Japanese Cinema
January 24 – March 31

This dazzlingly deluxe, two-month series pays tribute to the legendary leading ladies of Japanese cinema, including Setsuko Hara, Kinuyo Tanaka, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko Takamine.

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The Catch: Masterworks of Eighties Japanese Cinema
March 5 – April 6

Organized by the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute in Tokyo, this 11-film spotlight on what many consider to be the last great era of Japanese cinema features rarely screened classics in several new 35mm prints.

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From Up on Poppy Hill
Opening March 22

Co-scripted by the great Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro, the eagerly anticipated new film from Studio Ghibli is a beautiful nostalgia piece about a teenage girl coming of age in 1960s Japan.

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See all Spotlight Japan programmes from:
  • Canadian Stage
  • Soundstreams
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

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