Music Box Theatre – 3733 N. Southport Ave.
General Admission: $10
Monday, April 30 @7:00 PM
A SCENE AT THE SEA
Directed by Takeshi Kitano • 1991
In Japanese with English subtitles
Best known in the US for violent thrillers like Boiling Point and Sonatine—and better known in Japan as a famous stand-up comedian and TV host—Takeshi Kitano launched his own production company with this gentle, haunting masterpiece. A Scene at the Sea tells the story of a deaf trash collector (Claude Maki) who finds a broken surfboard on his garbage route. He repairs it and, encouraged by his girlfriend (one-time actor Hiroko Ôshima), begins surfing every day, eventually entering in competitions. Driven by the music of frequent Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi, A Scene at the Sea is a film “with a minimalist eloquence that allows the movie to suggest all the joys and difficulties of life” (Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader). Named one of the ten best films of the ’90s by David Bordwell, A Scene at the Sea screened for a weeklong run at Facets Cinematheque in 1996 (one of very few US engagements) and has been burned in the brain of this CFS contributor ever since. We guarantee it will stay with you for twenty years or your money back. (JA)
101 min • Office Kitano • 35mm from The Japan Foundation, Permission Tamasa
Short: “Study in Wet” (Homer Groening, 1964) – 16mm – 9 min
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