Films are regularly screened at the Japanese Embassy down in London in free events and I often hear about them but never attend. That doesn’t mean I can’t help tell others about them. There are two films playing this month and the latest film to get screened is Final Take, a movie directed by Yoji Yamada in 1986. It is set in the 1930s, an era when silent movies were being replaced with talkies and everyone dreamed of being a star. Here’s the trailer:
キエマの天地「Kinema no Tenchi」
Release Date: August 02nd, 1986 (Japan)
Running Time: 117 mins.
Director: Yoji Yamada
Writer: Yoji Yamada (Screenplay),
Starring: Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kiichi Nakai, Narimi Arimori, Chieko Basho, Harumi Edo, Akira Emoto, Ittoku Kishibe, Keiko Matsuzaka,
Synopsis: A film director named Ogura meets a pretty candy seller named Koharu at a cinema and finds out that she dreams of becoming an actress. The director immediately gives her a role in his project, but she ruins take after take. She goes home determined never to be an actress again but a young assistant to the director named Kenjiro is sent to her home to fetch her, and says ‘There are many young girls who want to become an actress, but only a few whom we want to make an actress.’ Kenjiro writes a script and it looks like Koharu might get another shot at acting but will she take it?
The film will be screened on Wednesday, March 09th at 18:30. Admission to the films is free but you need to register for a ticket. For more information, head to the embassy’s site.