2013 / Free screening / Miyazaki & Kore-eda’s latest films at AFI Fest, Nov 8 -10

AFI FEST presented by Audi will give the public opportunities to view the latest Japanese films by renowned directors for free.

Free ticket sale started on November 2. But there is some chance to get your tickets. For your tickets, visit afi.com/afiest

 

Miyazaki The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Screening:

Nov 08 at 6:00 pm at Egyptian Theatre

Nov 09 at 12:45 pm at Chinese 1

The latest animated wonder from Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, is the master’s first directorial effort in five years, and quite sadly, may very well be his last.

Eschewing his typically fictional characters ensconced in a fantasy world, the skilled animator instead brings to life the story of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one of history’s most beautiful airplanes – the prototype for the Zero WWII fighter – in a fictionalized story based on very real figures who lived and loved in troubled times.

Adapted from Miyazaki’s own serialized manga, which was itself inspired by Tatsuo Hori’s 1937 story of the same name, this epic tale of love, invention and hope spans decades, sweeping through great moments of 20th century Japan.

Having announced his retirement, Miyazaki infuses his usual beautifully rendered flourishes into his work, but this time hearkens to a grounded, evolved and sophisticated nostalgia that makes THE WIND RISES unlike any film he’s ever made.

 

Kore-eda Like Father Like Son 

Cast: Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Maki Yoko, & Lily Franky

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Screening:

Nov 09 at 6:30 pm at Egyptian Theatre

Nov 10 at 12:30 pm at Chinese 6

Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year for his touching drama, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, the story of two families who learn that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth.

One of the fathers is an affluent architect who exacts strict academic and cultural discipline on his son, while the other father is a repairman of small appliances; he is poor, but unlike the architect, he actually spends time with his son and family.

There is a sharp class divide that separates the approach that each family has taken toward nurturing their sons, but now both fathers find themselves equally desperate to gain the trust of their biological sons, and prove their capacity for unconditional love.

The strong performances of the two young boys are the heart and soul of this story, of two sons and two fathers whose lives will forever be intertwined.—Jacqueline Lyanga

“Like Father, Like Son” screening is sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.