Sinema Old School and Festive Film presents: Japan Quake Relief Movie Screenings2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
On April 2nd, Sinema Old School and Festive Films will be presenting two Japanese films dedicated to the Japanese Earthquake Relief effort. Climber’s High, and Be With You, two Japanese dramas, will be screening for one day only at Sinema Old School.
And for that one day only, we will be donating 100% of the box office proceeds directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Date: 2nd April 2011, Saturday
5:00PM ““ Climber’s High (PG)
8:00PM ““ Be With You (NC16)
Sinema Old School
11B Mount Sophia, B1-12
Tickets will be available online via http://tix.sinema.sg.
Climber’s High (KuraimÃ¢zu Hai )
Japan | 2008 | Drama | 145 minutes | Japanese (with English subtitles) | PG
On August 12, 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into the ridge of Mt Takamagahara, on Osutaka Ridge in Gunma Prefecture. 524 passengers turned to 4 survivors and 520 fatalities, making the accident the biggest single-plane accident in the world. Kazumasa Yuki (Shinichi Tsutsumi), a roving reporter working for the North Kanto newspaper was preparing to climb Mt. Tanigawa with a colleague when the news of the crash got out.
In the ensuing excitement and chaos in the newsroom, Yuki is given the go-ahead to cover the story and receives tremendous pressure to beat out competing news organizations to be the first with the scoop. Much of the film revolves around Yuki’s difficulty in balancing his duty as a reporter against the backdrop of such a staggering human tragedy and the subsequent conflicts with colleagues as he tries to deal with the event in the most journalistically responsible way possible.
From the Japanese bestseller, Hideo Yokoyama (Sea Without Exit) comes to another compelling story, “Climber’s High,” which is based on an actual event, taking 17 years for him to finish the book.
Be With You (Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu)
Japan | 2004 | Romantic Drama | 119 minutes | Japanese (with English subtitles) | NC16
Widower Takumi (Shidou Nakamura) lives a quiet life with his six-year-old son Yuji (Akashi Takei) after the loss of wife and mother Mio (Yuko Takeuchi).
Yuji unfailingly remembers her promise to him: “I’ll be with you again in a year’s time, when the rains come.” On the first anniversary of her passing, Takumi and Yuji are taking a walk in the woods when they come across a woman sheltering from a monsoon downpour. She bears an uncanny resemblance to Mio, but has no recollection of who she is or what she is doing there.
Family life resumes from where they left off, while Takumi and Mio’s memories of their first encounter in high school come flooding back. However, their new life together is interrupted by the discovery of Mio’s old diary, which reveals the secrets of her past and how they must say goodbye once more in six weeks time”¦