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BEFORE WE VANISH
SANPO SURU SHINRYAKUSHA
2017, Neon , 129 min, Japan , Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Very few filmmakers can stake claim to the extraordinary run that Kiyoshi Kurosawa had from CURE (1997) to PULSE (2001), films energized by the director’s anger and frustration with society. In this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, the vanguard of an alien invasion arrives to take control of human bodies and study our emotions and values. But even as the invaders learn that most of us aren’t worth saving, Kurosawa cannot give up on his fellow man and woman, and humanity’s most positive qualities could be the key to our salvation.


THE GREAT PASSAGE
FUNE WO AMU
2013, Dir: Yûya Ishii

Introverted Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is a wash-out as a salesman, but with his linguistics degree, he’s the ideal replacement for a departing editor working on a new dictionary entitled The Great Passage. The project requires years of painstaking work, but Mitsuya is sustained by his love for an aspiring chef (Aoi Miyazaki). "It's the power of words to enlighten and connect us that remains the constant and gives this charming film its special place on the shelf." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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