“Kibatsu Cinema”: Eccentricity, Popular Culture and Contemporary Japanese Film

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The Powell Street Festival Society and Pacific Cinematheque have teamed up once again to present the fifth edition of  “Kibatsu Cinema”. Kibatsu, in Japanese, refers to a person or thing that is unusual by ordinary standards. This series celebrates the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and film.

Chris MaGee, founder of J-Film Pow-Wow blog and the co-founder and co-curator of Shinsedai Cinema Festival Toronto, curates this year’s collection of 8 films, exploring the worlds of anime, indie rock groupies, outsider art, iconoclast sound artists, and unconventional love stories. Preceding Vancouver’s 37th annual Powell Street Festival in August, “Kibatsu Cinema” will run on Thursdays all throughout June.

castingblossomstotheskySchema Magazine is proud to be the community sponsor of Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 長岡花火物語)

Thursday, June 6th @ 6:30pm |Japan 2012 | Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi | Cast: Akira Emoto, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Sumiko Fuji, Saki Terashima, Masahiro Takashima, Takashi Sasano | 160 minutes

Schema will be giving away 1 pair of tickets for this film!Casting Blossoms to the Sky is the first film in the series. From Nobuhiko Obayashi, director of the 1977 cult hit House, comes a humorous and heart-warming tale that explores the stories of Nagaoka’s 2011 earthquake and World War II bombing through Reiko, a reporter, and her old lover Keneichi, a high school teacher.

Please enter the giveaway either by commenting on this post with your name and email address or by following us on Twitter and leaving a comment @schema_magazine.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, May 21, 2013 @ 12am. Only entrants able to attend the film in person, in Vancouver, are eligible.

About Annie Chung

Annie Chung
Annie Chung is Schema’s Senior Web Producer. She holds a BA in English Literature and Economics from UBC. She is also a TV addict, a movie fanatic and a bookworm.

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