2014 / Japan Foundation screening / True story on Sado Island in 1946 “Fly, Dakota Fly” on Aug 27, 7 pm

Japan Foudnation "Fly, Dakota Fly"

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JAPANEMA / Free Japanese Cinema Screening Series

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday of month at 7:00 pm. All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Venue: JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Free to attend. Reservation is not required.
Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking

August 27, 2014, 7:00 pm

“Fly, Dakota Fly” (109 mins, 2013)

Directed by Seiji Aburatani

January 1946, a plane makes a crash landing on the beach in a small village on Sado island, Niigata prefecture.

It is a British airforce Dakota plane, carrying VIPs. They have no choice but to stay put unless they can somehow dig Dakota out of sand.

Local residents have mixed feelings towards them as they were enemies until half a year ago. However, the village mayor Shintaro, comes to a decision after much deliberation to keep to the local spirit to help those in need, and invite the British soldiers to stay at his family inn until the Dakota is ready to take off.

The British are cautious at first but gradually open up to the warm welcome by the residents of the island.

While local residents and the British soldiers get to know each other and are busy working together to build a runway for the Dakota, Kenichi learns that the plane used to belong to a British General on the Burma front where his best friend Yoshiharu died.

One night, enraged, Kenichi heads to the beach where the Dakota is stranded with intent…


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