Mar 1: Los Angeles screening of “Cast me if you can” by Atsushi Ogata

Film Cast Me If You CanThe Japan Film Society, Cinematheque108, and Dream On present Los Angeles screening of Cast Me If You Can (Wakiyaku Monogatari) by Atsushi Ogata on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 pm, at the Ray Stark Family Theatre, George Lucas Building, SCA 108, at University of Southern California campus (900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007).

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Free admission. Open to the public.


(Under “affiliation” on the online reservation form, please select “FRIENDS” )

About Cast Me If You Can

Hiroshi (Toru Masuoka) is an actor who always plays supporting roles and lives in the shadow of his famous playwright father, Kenta (Masahiko Tsugawa).

Hiroshi has the virtue of being helpful to strangers, but as a result, like a chameleon, he is always mistaken for someone else: a sales clerk, a policeman, and even a kidnapper.

Both at work and at home, Hiroshi struggles daily with his marginalized existence.

One day, luck changes.  Hiroshi gets cast in a Woody Allen remake. He meets his muse Aya (Hiromi Nagasaku), an energetic aspiring actress, who doesn’t mistake him for anyone else.

Hiroshi falls for Aya head over heels. With tips from his younger colleague, Tomo, Hiroshi tries to make a move for Aya. But Hiroshi is his own worst enemy for getting a date, or keeping the lead role…

A sweet, subtle romantic comedy for all generations that will leave you smiling…

Cast: Toru Masuoka, Hiromi Nagasaku, Masahiko Tsugawa, Keiko Matsuzaka, and Akira Emoto.

Not Rated.

Running time: 97 minutes.

In Japanese, with English subtitles.

Written & Directed by Atsushi Ogata

Produced by Eriko Miyagawa, Eric Nyari and Atsushi Ogata

Followed by a Q&A with Atsushi Ogata and Eriko Miyagawa, moderated by Prof. Akira Mizuta Lippit of USC Film Department.