ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi
Wednesday 2 December 2020
Free - Booking essential
Priority for Japan Society Members
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Do you love Japanese film classics, anime or contemporary cinema stories? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Would you like to learn and discuss about Japanese culture and society? Join us for the new Japan Society Film Club where we will chat online about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere.
For our last Film Club of 2020 we want to finish with an unusual and cheerful Christmas tale, the anime film Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi in 2003.
Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ, 2003) follows the story three homeless people in contemporary Tokyo whose lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. The film is loosely based on the novel Three Godfathers by Peter B. Kyne, which has several film adaptations.
Kon Satoshi (1963-2010) was one of the most beloved and celebrated anime creators in contemporary Japan. Kon was born in Hokkaido and started his career as a manga artist and editor. He made his debut as an anime film director in 1997 with Perfect Blue to which followed acclaimed anime films such as Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003) and Paprika (2006), all directed and written by Kon. He was also responsible for the television miniseries Paranoia Agent (2004) and contributed to the establishment of the Japanese Animation Creators Association in 2007. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.
Japan Society Film Club takes place on the first Wednesday of the month. We will recommend a film to watch in advance and meet online to discuss. Tokyo Godfathers can be rented or purchased for view via the links above, but other Japanese films are often available online for free, on DVD or on BFI player which this year is celebrating Japan 2020, a special season on Japanese cinema. When possible, we will invite film experts to introduce and lead the discussion, but the event is open to all and we encourage participants to freely express their opinions and feelings about the films.
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