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Sacramento Japanese Film Festival 2016: Award-Winners, WWII and a Q&A

Japanese Film Festival

Craving a cultural experience this weekend while also beating the coming brutal heat?

This weekend, the Crest Theater will be hosting the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival (SJFF) for its 12th consecutive year. One of only four Japanese film festivals in the country, SJFF will grace the Sacramento theater from July 15-17.

Films range from the historical post-war “Stray Dog” by Akira Kurosawa to the Oscar-nominated “When Marnie Was There” by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Modern films with limited American release will also be shown, as will award-winning features such as “Sweet Bean” and “Pale Moon“, which won a 2015 Japanese Academy Award for star Rie Miyazawa. Another WWII-era film includes coming of age story, “A Boy Called H“.

Six of the seven films include English subtitles, while the seventh and last screening, “Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides“, is filmed entirely in English.

The last film, which is a documentary about three Japanese women adjusting to American living after marrying three American soldiers after WWII, includes a Q&A with Karen Kasmauski, co-director of the film and daughter of one of the war brides. In addition to being a filmmaker, Kasmauski is a National Geographic photographer, writer/author and educator. Screen time is 4:20pm on Sunday with the Q&A prior to the showing. See below for a trailer of the documentary.

Beyond the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, the Crest Theater is known for their unique take on films, offering both digital and 35mm format screening. Guests at the Crest may choose from a wide selection of films which ranges from foreign art house to historical as well as modern releases.

Tickets for the three day long festival are only $37. Attendees can also buy tickets for individual movies for $10.

The Crest Theater is located at 1013 K Street. For more information and a full lineup of films, visit crestsacramento.com.


About the author

Kasey Furutani

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Kasey is a graduate from UC Davis and is interested in discovering new and unique businesses, foods and places around the world. In her spare time, she shoots film photography, cooks vegetarian food and pets cats.

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