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Cine East: Japan Foundation Film Series
Introduced by Prof. Leo Ching (AMES)!
Free and Open to the Public!
Film Screening--"Hanging Garden" (Toyoda Toshiaki, 2005, 113 min, Japanese w/ English subtitles, Color, 35mm) -- Enfant terrible of new Japanese cinema, Toyoda Toshiaki investigates the flimsy nature of reality in "Hanging Garden". By exposing the underlying dynamic of the outwardly cheerful Kyobashi family, he reveals lives that rest upon a structure of secrets, lies and misremembered truths. The film revolves around Eriko Kyobashi (Kyoko Koizumi) a wife and mother obsessed with creating the perfect, happy family. To that end, she insists everyone in the household operate under one strict rule: "We never conceal the truth, no subject is taboo. We try to share everything with each other." On the surface, her social experiment seems to work; the family appears to be quite open with one another. But as the title's reference to the Hanging Garden of Babylon suggests, this "garden of perfection" may be nothing more than a myth. --Part of the Japan Foundation Film Series within Cine-East. --Made Possible by the Japan Foundation (NY Office)