by Chris MaGee
Each year Japanese film fans in Toronto look forward the day of free films that the Toronto branch of the Japan Foundation brings to The Bloor Cinema. In the past they've premiered such hard to find and little known gems as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Suit Yourself of Shoot Yourself", Gen Yamakawa's "Ping Pong Bath Station" and Setsuko Shibuichi's "The Glass Rabbit".
Now the Japan Foundation Toronto has expanded their one day offering of free Japanese films to three nights at The Bloor Cinema! This year film fans will be able to catch Kihachiro Kawamoto's transcendentally beautiful 2005 stop-motion animation film "The Book of the Dead" on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 pm, Takashi Miike's 2002 revenge film "Shangri-la" (above) set in a shanty town in Osaka on Friday, November 28th at 7:00 pm, Tetsuo Shinohara's 2004 drama "Breath In, Breath Out" about a you8ng woman working at an Okinawa sugarcane plantation on Saturday, November 29th at 4:30 pm followed by Kiyoshi Sasabe's "Half a Confession" at 7:00 pm, the story of an investigation of a police detective who's confessed to the murder of his wife which took home Best Picture at the 2005 Japanese Academy Awards.
For full details on these three nights of free films check out the Japan Foundation Toronto website.