March 4, 2012

Ainu at the Movies: Three Documentary Films in Theaters

Three Ainu-related films will be showing at various theaters across Japan this month.
Catch a showing when you get an opportunity:


"Haruzo: A Life Among the Spirits"

The documentary film "Haruzo: A Life Among the Spirits" (see previous entry here) is now making its way across theaters in Japan, starting in Hokkaido. English subtitles are still in the works, and so currently all scheduled showings in Japan will be in Japanese only. Dates are locations are below in English, please see the film's website for details in Japanese.

Daikokuza Theater, Urakawa, Hokkaido
Dates: March 3 - March 9, 2012
Tel: 01462-2-2149
*Special appearance by Haruzo Urakawa and Takashi Ukaji on March 3

Sunpiazza Theater, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Date/Time: March 4, 2012; 11:30 OPEN / 12:00 START
Tickets: Adv 1500 yen / Door 1800 yen
Tel: 03-6413-9590 (Cycloid, Inc.)
*Special appearance by Haruzo Urakawa and Takashi Ukaji

Dates: March 24 - March 30, 2012
Tel: 0422-22-3555
*Advance tickets available with postcards & mukkur

Theater Kino, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Dates: June 2 - June 8, 2012
Tel: 011-231-9355
Dates: June 30 - July 13, 2012
Tel: 026-232-3016

Cine Tokachi Prince Theater, Obihiro, Hokkaido
Dates: May (dates TBD)
Tel: 0155-23-4556

Dates: June (dates TBD)
Tel: 052-452-6036

Dates: June (dates TBD)
Tel: 0596-28-2875


New dates have been added to the ongoing mini-showings of the documentary film "TOKYO Ainu" in Nakano, Tokyo. All scheduled showings will be in Japanese only.

Mini-showings of TOKYO Ainu in Nakano

March 4 (Sun), OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00
April 8 (Sun), OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00
May 20 (Sun), OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00
June 10 (Sun), OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00

Tickets: 1500 yen (no presale)
*you may use supporter tickets sent to you by the production committee

Reservations: Reservations required, as seating is limited.
Please make reservations through the online form.

2-17-9 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
*13-minute walk from JR/Tozai Line Nakano Station
*10-minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Numabukuro Station

Organized by "TOKYO Ainu" Screening Committee


"Messages from Taiga"

"Messages from Taiga" is a documentary film on the forests and the indigenous people along the Bikin River in the Russian Far East. While the film's subject matter does not include the Ainu, the soundtrack is provided by OKI DUB AINU BAND, and the indigenous people in the region share cultural and social similarities with the Ainu.

The film will be showing in Tokyo on the following dates:

March 13, 2012 (Tue), 19:00-21:00 (OPEN 18:30)
March 28, 2012 (Wed), 15:00-17:30 (OPEN 14:30)
April 20, 2012 (Fri), 19:00-21:00 (OPEN 18:30)
*March 28 will feature a special guest from Russia

Tickets: 2000 yen (Reservations & advanced payment required)
*Details will be emailed upon reservation

Capacity: 35 persons

Address: Kagura Bldg., 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 mins from Exit 5, Yurakucho Line/Namboku Line Ichigaya St 
8 minutes from West Exit, JR Iidabashi St / Exit B2a, Subway Iidabashi St
Tel: 03-6265-0580 / Fax: 03-6265-0581

Email info@kagurasalon with (1) date of attendance, (2) name, (3) email address, and (4) telephone number with the Subject "Showing of Messages from Taiga".

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