[EVENT ALERT] BAMcinématek features The Films of Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda has built an astounding body of fictional work by meshing the sensitive approach of his early documentaries to his narratives, imbuing them with a humanism unsurpassed in modern cinema. His lyrical films offer profound explorations of memory and loss with an observational style devoid of sentimentality. BAMcinématek is proud to present the director’s first New York retrospective, including rare television work. All films in Japanese with English subtitles.

*Found on the BAMcinématek website*

When I first read the name Hirokazu Kore-eda I had to do a search on google. I knew I had seen/heard the name before but it wasn't until I saw the titles of some of his movies that I realized who he was.

Anyone remember seeing a movie titled, Nobody Knows (Dare Mo Shiranai)? Please have a look at the trailer below,

I first saw this movie while in College when the film department was showing a series of Japanese films. I recall that although this was based on a true story, my first reaction was that it was a bit too long.. I recently saw this again a little bit aog and felt that it tells a touching story (still too long) and was a bit sad but still enjoyable.

I was very surprised to hear that NYC would have all of Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies, and be showing them at their BAM Rose Cinemas. Below are the list of movies with the dates. If you would like further info on each title, please click the movie title to go to it's page for more info.

Repertory, Cinema Q&As
Still Walking (Aruitemo Aruitemo)
Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda
Fri, Aug 21 at 7pm

Repertory, Cinema Q&As
Nobody Knows (Dare Mo Shiranai)
Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda following 6pm screening
Sat, Aug 22 at 3, 6, 9:30pm

Sun, Aug 23 at 3, 6, 9pm

Hana (Hana Yori Mo Naho)
Mon, Aug 24 at 6:50, 9:30pm

Maborosi (Maboroshi No Hikari)
Tue, Aug 25 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm

After Life (Wandäfuru Raifu)
Fri, Aug 28 at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30pm

Without Memory(FREE MOVIE!!!)
Mon, Aug 31 at 9:15pm

August Without Him (Kare No Ina Hachigatsu Ga)

Mon, Aug 31 at 7pm

Two Documentaries by Kore-eda
Tue, Sept 1 at 7pm

I hope those of you in the NYC area are able to attend. If you are let me know which movie you went to see or which is your favorite. Comment or feel free to e-mail me @ maryagb@gmail.com ;-)



Kat said...

I just came back from the showing of Aruitemo Aruitemo "Still Walking". It is a great film. I have seen 3 Koreeda films so far (the other two are Nobody Knows and After Life) and "Still Walking" is on par with those two. It is a great film about family and not as dark as the other two I've seen... but still carries a serious and profound message.

Koreeda's Q&A added to the film as he talked extensively about his mother (the inspiration of the film). He seemed like an intelligent, sensible, friendly person who is so humble. It was great to be able to hear his perspective.

I am going to catch Nobody Knows with the Q&A tomorrow and After Life next Friday. I think BAM is awesome for showcasing Koreeda films and I'm really glad that I went :)

Check out "Still Walking" if you can.

M-Kat said...

Thanks for your imput Kat. I'm glad you were able to go see the film. I won't get a chance until next week. I've seen Nobody Knows twice, and I would love to catch the Q&A but I will miss it due to work. Please let me know how the Q&A WENT AND WHAT Koreeda has to say about this work

Kat Chow In NYC said...


Sorry for the delay but I wrote a blog about the Q&A sessions and I thought I should share it with you.


Hope that provides you with some more insights about Koreeda's films!



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