Japanese Cinema Eclectics

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Japanese Cinema Eclectics is a multi-part series devoted to unexplored tangents of the Japanese film curated by Donald Richie and sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (TUJ).

Film: "Vibrator" (baibureita) 2003, 95mins.
Directed by Hiroki Ryuichi
Photographed by Kazuhiro Suzuki
With Shinobu Terajima, Nao Omori, Riho Makise, Jun Murakami, Miki Sakajou, Tomoro Taguchi, Eriko Takayangi, Masahiro Toda, and Eugene Nomura.

Language: Introduction by Donald Richie in English
Film in Japanese with English subtitles (film to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Donald Richie)

"Vibrator" (baibureita)
2003-Japan-Road Movie/Psychological Drama

Plot description:
Internationally acclaimed Japanese film director Ryuichi Hiroki ("I Am an S&M Writer", "Tokyo Trash Baby") takes the helm for this cathartic road movie concerning the transformative journey of an emotionally-unstable writer and adapted from the novel by Mari Akasaka. Rei (Shinobu Terashima) is a freelance writer whose inner demons have driven her to self-medicate. It's during one of her late-night beer-runs to a local urban mini-mart that Rei makes the acquaintance of handsome young trucker Okabe (Nao Omori) - who has taken a momentary pit stop to fill up his tank and grab some snacks. After the two form a friendly bond in the late night hours where anything seems possible, Rei climbs into Okabe's rig for an impromptu road trip that will lead her to find out more about herself than she would ever learn while sitting home and drinking alone. As the dawn draws near on the edge of the horizon, what at first appeared to be a one-night stand gradually transforms into a momentous meeting of chance. (Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide)

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2007-05-23 from 19:00

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