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RESCHEDULED - Japanese gem "Shall We Dance?"
If I were to nominate one film to highlight the subtle differences between Japanese and Western culture, this would be it. It would also be the film I’d nominate to show that, no matter how different we are in whatever ways, our needs are still the same. Sweet, bittersweet, touching and funny, this is an affectionate film without being sappy or sickly. It’s also one of my favourite movies from any country or genre. I don’t always put review scores of the films I show on this site. Why? Because a Western review of an Asian film is often filtered through the expectation of Western film-making tropes. Great films often get a low score because they don’t ‘play’ like Western films. They’re not wildly different, mind. Often it’s a question of structure and focus. This film scored 7.8 on IMDB, received 3.5 out of 4 stars from Roger Ebert and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. It seems that everybody ‘got’ this one, except the ass that cut the trailer for its American release. I could not find a Japanese trailer for this film with English subtitles so was stuck with the American trailer for the US release of this film. In this trailer, it’s pitched as a ‘wacky comedy’ and while the film does contain a certain amount of broad humour, it is a very different type of film than the trailer would have you believe. I would urge you to read this review ( of the film by Roger Ebert – who gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars – to understand the true nature of this film. This is, as I stated in my opening paragraph, a film that beautifully explains some of the more perplexing differences between Japanese and Western cultures while at the same time deftly highlighting the similarities of human need that those different cultural rules can frustrate. Here are some quotes from people who saw it the first time around: "The trailer doesn't do this film any justice at all. The slapstick moments are actually quite serious bullying and the corny "Shall we dance" phrase has a background. I really liked this film." "I really liked the insight to Japanese society and the depiction of Mr Aiko's humiliation and escape was excellent, both comedic and moving. Overall I felt it showed how an enthusiasm for something outside the norm can add so much to a person's life. And a lovely happy ending! :-) :-) :-) Thanks Bill, great choice!!” “Not a dry eye in the house.” This really is a lovely film and I urge you to join us to see it. Don't forget to RSVP 'YES' if you plan to attend as we have limited seating and payment is made on the door, on the night.


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    About four years ago, I realised that I hadn’t seen many Asian films released into cinemas or even onto DVD for quite some time.
    I soon discovered that most films from Asia, unless they’ve picked up an award somewhere, rarely see the light of day outside of their home countries, essentially meaning that here in the West, we’ve been deprived of a great deal of high quality cinema.
    There are dramas, thrillers and comedies that have never been released here, not because they are poor films or don’t translate well but simply because distribution deals for these films simply don’t exist.
    That was the main inspiration for starting this club. Chinese, Korean and Japanese cinema each have their own identity and by not seeing them, you're missing out.
    It is not my intention to screen old classics that you can pick up in HMV or even the Asian films that you can stream through Netflix or Amazon. The idea is to screen modern films from Asia that, unless you have a particular interest in Asian Cinema, you may never have heard of.
    The intention is to meet a minimum of once a month to screen these films at The Quadrant Pub right in the heart of Brighton.
    IMPORTANT!If you plan to attend a specific screening, you must RSVP 'Yes' to that event. Likewise, if your plans change and you can no longer attend the screening please change the RSVP to 'No' and allow someone else to take your place.
    I look forward to welcoming you to our screenings.

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