An Inn in Tokyo (with narration): Cinematheque / Dinner with Ichiro at Guarino's

An Inn at Tokyo was one of Ozu's earliest classics.  What is particularly interesting is that it will be narrated in Japanese (but with English sub-titles) by historian Ichiro Kataoka.  The movie is relatively short, but there will be plenty of time for Q&A afterward.

Ichiro and his wife will be joining us for dinner afterwards.

7:30 MOVIE

Meet near the entrance door to the theater 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward near the theater door.

9:45 EATS AND DISCUSSION WITH ICHIRO KATAOKA AT GUARINO'S

Guarino's is on the north side of 12309 Mayfield Road - (216) 231-3100.  It is Cleveland's oldest restaurant, still in the original place.  How appropriate that we will be meeting in the Victorian room.  They have their own parking lot.

To attend the dinner, you must be paid up with your membership for this year!!!

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

  • Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • Bring CASH (e.g. small bills) to pay for your meal.
  • When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

DESCRIPTION
In Japan, silent films were accompanied not only by live music, but also by a benshi, or silent film narrator. Standing next to the screen, the benshi provided a running commentary on the movie while relaying the film’s story in a theatrical manner (playing multiple roles with a variety of voices). Tonight we welcome one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of this vanished art, Ichiro Kataoka, who will perform during a silent feature by the great Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story). Kataoka was the star pupil of master benshi Midori Sawato (who performed at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 1989). He is also a film and television performer, a voice actor for video games, and a historian. Although Kataoka’s narration will be in Japanese, Ozu’s film—a moving drama about the relationship between an unemployed father and an equally destitute single mother—has English subtitles, as well as a music track. Kataoka will also answer audience questions after the screening.

REVIEW

"There are many tender scenes in this episodic and quiet venture."

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FEE
The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.
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CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights
http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AAGYU

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295. http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AACAP

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd. http://www.cia.edu/extended_film_schedule/

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd. http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films.aspx

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City. http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ 2196 Lee Road or New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go to one of these places afterward for discussions.

MOVIE REVIEWS

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/

NOTE TO FIRST TIME GOERS
If this is your first movie with the group, there is no fee to attend.

This group has been successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow independent movie goers. We don't always know where to look for you, especially first timers.  Consider posting your picture and printing out the pictures of the attendees to help find everyone easier.

We have multiple meeting places:

  • Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 5-10 minutes before the movie starts
  • By the entrance door or ticket office after the movie
  • Reserved table at the restaurant under the name "Movie Group"

We don't always sit together in the movie theater but if you see a bunch of people talking about good movies they have seen, it is probably us. Please join in. We are always happy to get new people involved.

NOTE TO ALL
In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Jims

    Movie was quite moving. It was very enjoyable. After dinner get together was amazing.

    November 18, 2012

  • Renu

    Thanks, Jim for a beautiful evening. The movie was tender, gentle, touching. Experiencing it with a Benshi took it to a whole new level. Loved the dinner with him and all the other guests. Very unique experience.

    November 17, 2012

  • Carol P.

    Thank you JIM for such a lovely meeting with the benshi and all other guests. What a fun night. And a really good and touching film.

    November 17, 2012

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