Shodo Girls! J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

BONUS SCREENING: Thursday, January 31st - 6:30pm

Due to the popularity of this film, which was shown on January 23rd, JICC is happy to offer a second screening of Shodo Girls!

In Shikoku Chuo City in Ehime Prefecture, which boasts the highest output of calligraphy paper, the ancient art of calligraphy has always been a formal and traditional practice. However, after a group of high school students see their beloved hometown gradually decline in prosperity, they decide to host a calligraphy performance contest in an attempt to restore the city's former vitality. As they dance around on paper to pop music and use large brushes to write, students compete against each other to determine who has the best calligraphy performance skills.

Based on a true story about a group of students from Ehime Mishima High School, Shodo Girls! tells a tale of hope as youthful vigor meets ancient art. The calligraphy performance contest has since become a tradition in the region and was held for the fifth time in 2012.

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