Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art presents Japan on Screen, a free outdoor Japanese film series beginning Thursday, July 25, in celebration of the summer exhibitionMimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas. Curated by Dr. Yoshitaka Sakakibara, who taught Japanese film and culture for more than 20 years at the University of South Carolina, these screenings touch on themes Kato brings to her artistic practice, including navigating gender roles and corporate culture.
Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or come to Boyd Plaza early to snag a new piece of inflatable furniture. Curiosity Coffee Bar is running a cash bar with beer, wine, and sake, and the CMA is providing complimentary popcorn while supplies last.
Japan on Screen: Shall We Dance?
Thursday, July 25 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Shall We Dance? (1996) is a comedy about a successful but unhappy Japanese accountant that finds passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Rated PG. 2 hours 16 minutes.
Japan on Screen: Miss Hokusai
Thursday, August 1 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Miss Hokusai (2015) is an animated film that explores the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai as seen from the eyes of his daughter Katsushika O-Ei. English. Rated PG-13. 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Japan on Screen: Your Name
Thursday, August 8 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Your Name (2016) is an animated film in which two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? English. Rated PG. 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Japan on Screen: Departures
Thursday, August 15 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Departures (2008) is a drama about a newly unemployed cellist who takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 2 hours and 10 minutes.
This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.