Women in Cinema screening

The Old Capital | 古都 Special Screening


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Based on the eponymous novel by Yasunari Kawabata

Sata kimono store has been in Muromachi in Kyoto for generations. For the last 20 years since she took over the shop, Chieko Sata has been conflicted over whether her daughter Mai should also bear the fate of having been born in Muromachi. Mai, a university student, is unable to make up her mind whether to find employment or take over the shop.

Meanwhile, Chieko's twin sister Naeko Nakata, who was separated and lost contact with her twin sister, runs a forestry business in Kitayamasugi no Sato, but the business is in a dire situation. Naeko's daughter Yui is studying art in Paris but in distress as she has lost her artistic direction. Having sensed the situation, Naeko decides to go see Yui in Paris. Mai also heads to Paris to accompany her calligraphy teacher who is holding an exhibition there. Traditions that are passed down from mothers to their daughters and the lives of families who live by the traditions of Kyoto are about to cross paths.

Starring Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ai Hashimoto, Riko Narumi



Chieko Suzaki began her career in television, working on science-fiction and action shows before entering film as assistant editor on Hideyuki Hirayama’s Begging for Love (1998). Her first film as editor was 2007’s Talk Talk Talk, and she has edited for other films such as Jellyfish (2013), Uzumasa Limelight (2014), 100 Yen Love (2014), Ninja the Monster (2015), and The Old Capital (2016). For her work on 2010’s Sword of Desparation she was nominated for Best Editing at the Japanese Academy Awards. Her most recent work was as editor for the live-action version of Fullmetal Alchemist (2017).

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