Wednesday, August 22nd - 6:30pm
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan
Registration for this Event is now FULL. Thanks to all who RSVP'd!
Due to the popularity of this film, which was shown on August 15th, JICC is happy to offer a second screening of Eclair!
Based on an autobiographical novel by Shigeru Nishimura, Eclair depicts the resilience and the kindness of ordinary people amidst the turbulent period during and after World War II. After losing his parents at a very young age, Akio lives his life wandering the streets, going in and out of the orphanage and the reformatory. After a police detective saves him from hunger by giving him his first sweet pastry, he begins to find solace in sweets and the will to live.
Eclair was filmed mainly in Miyagi prefecture in northeastern Japan prior to the earthquake that hit the area in March 2011. The film was created as a way to bring joy to its citizens - many of whom appear in the film. Before the film could open in theaters, the area was devastated by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The film not only became a lasting memory of many places in Miyagi, but also a symbol of determination for the people to recover.
Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 105 min | 2011 | Directed by Akio Kondo
This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Registered guests will be seated first. Open seats will be given to guests on standby when the program begins.
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