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  • SHITAMACHI: Tales of Downtown Tokyo ran from October 18, 2019 - November 7, 2019.
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SHITAMACHI: Tales of Downtown Tokyo

Through Thursday, November 7

Shitamachi – “downtown” Tokyo or (literally) “low town” – is the low-lying eastern side of the city, including such famous districts as Ginza, Ueno, and Asakusa (Tokyo’s one-time “42nd Street”). Beginning with the feudal Edo period, Shitamachi also referred to the area and culture of the lower classes, and, even as physical boundaries have become increasingly blurry, it still suggests class struggle, brash characters (like Tora-san or Mifune’s yakuza in Kurosawa’s Drunken Angel), a particular cityscape (pachinko parlors, black markets, cramped bars, and narrow, raucous shopping streets), popular entertainment (rakugo — Japanese “sit down" comedy — and kabuki), and even cuisine (yakitori and ramen, inexpensive food consumed at train stations) — capturing the imagination of moviemakers from the silent era to the present. This series includes 25 rare films (many in 35mm) imported from Japan — several of them featuring subtitles created especially for our screenings.

Programmed by Aiko Masubuchi
Co-presented by The Japan Foundation

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Special thanks to Eric Nyari (Cineric, Inc.); Yoko Yamamoto (Dokuritsu Pro Meigaza Hozonkai); Justin DiPietro (IFC); Brian Belovarac, Emily Woodburne, Ben Crossley-Marra (Janus Films); Kenji Matsumoto, Koji Nozaki (The Japan Foundation); Alo Joekalda (National Film Archive of Japan); Kazuko Misawa (N.E.W.S. Corporation); Mami Furukawa (Nikkatsu Corporation); Shion Komatsu, Yuhka Matoi, Hitomi Hosoda (Shochiku Co., Ltd.); Aya Takagawa (Wowow); Eri Nakagawa (Toho); Amber Noé, Kelly Li, Michie Yamakawa, Mimiko Goldstein, and Keiko Kimura.

Makoto Wada Dedicated to the memory of Makoto Wada (1936-2019)

View Makoto’s work and legacy
A poster Makoto illustrated exclusively for Rialto Pictures
Obituary

Japan Foundation Shitamachi Festival Survey
Please take a moment to tell us what you think of the festival.

Tokyo Story screenings added by popular demand starting Friday, November 8.

Reviews

Read more about the SHITAMACHI festival in Mike Hale's New York Times feature.

Article in Yomitime (text in Japanese) [よみタイムの記事]

Article in Daily Sun (text in Japanese) [ディリーサンの記事]

Films in this Series

Friday, October 18

12:30   4:50

Friday, October 18

2:30   8:20

Friday, October 18

6:50

Saturday, October 19

1:20   7:10

Saturday, October 19

3:40

Saturday, October 19

5:10   9:40

Sunday, October 20

1:20

Sunday, October 20

4:10

Sunday, October 20

5:30

Sunday, October 20

7:20

Monday, October 21

12:30

Monday, October 21

3:15   8:00

Monday, October 21

6:00

Tuesday, October 22

12:30

Tuesday, October 22

2:30

Tuesday, October 22

4:15   9:15

Tuesday, October 22

6:30*

Wednesday, October 23

12:30   6:20

Wednesday, October 23

2:15   8:10*

Wednesday, October 23

4:20   10:15

Thursday, October 24

12:30   9:45

Thursday, October 24

2:50

Thursday, October 24

4:50

Thursday, October 24

7:35

Friday, October 25

2:40   7:20

Friday, October 25

4:40

Saturday, October 26

1:00

Saturday, October 26

2:50

Saturday, October 26

4:10

Saturday, October 26

6:15

Saturday, October 26

8:45

Sunday, October 27

1:00   7:35

Sunday, October 27

3:35

Sunday, October 27

5:35

Monday, October 28

12:30   4:45

Monday, October 28

2:45   8:55

Monday, October 28

7:00 ♪

Tuesday, October 29

2:40

Tuesday, October 29

6:00

Tuesday, October 29

7:35

Wednesday, October 30

12:30

Wednesday, October 30

3:30   8:15

Wednesday, October 30

6:00

Thursday, October 31

12:30   5:20

Thursday, October 31

3:10*   8:00*

Friday, November 1

12:30   4:00   7:40

Friday, November 1

2:15   6:00

Friday, November 1

9:30

Saturday, November 2

12:50   8:40

Saturday, November 2

3:30

Saturday, November 2

6:10

Sunday, November 3

12:50

Sunday, November 3

5:20   9:25

Monday, November 4

2:35   6:35

Monday, November 4

4:35

Tuesday, November 5

4:35   8:30

Tuesday, November 5

6:45

Wednesday, November 6

12:30

Wednesday, November 6

3:30   8:30

Wednesday, November 6

6:00

Thursday, November 7

12:30   5:10

Thursday, November 7

2:30

Thursday, November 7

7:05

Thursday, November 7

8:50

Screenings Added By Popular Demand

Through Thursday, November 14

12:40 & 8:15 ONLY

Links

TOKYO STORY added screenings

TOKYO STORY added screenings

Friday, November 8 – Thursday, November 14
12:40 & 8:15 ONLY