Japanese Currents 2013: A STORY OF YONOSUKE

A Story of Yonosuke

In 1987, armed only with a bizarre-sounding name and an unruly mop of hair, 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke moves from his rural home in Nagasaki Prefecture to attend college in Tokyo. Bumbling, socially awkward, but with a cheerful smile, Yonosuke befriends two fellow dancers in the school samba club, a high-class call girl who frequents the hotel where he works, and the daughter of a rich industrialist with whom he begins a stumbling courtship. Interwoven in the period narrative are present-day scenes of Yonosuke’s friends reminiscing about their time with him and the joy he brought to their lives. Director Shuichi Okita (THE CHEF OF SOUTH POLAR, THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN) blends coming-of-age comedy and subtle sentimentality to fashion a warm-hearted film about post-Fukushima optimism and faith in human kindness. (160 mins.)

Screening sponsored by Lane Powell PC.

 

Special thanks to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from Sapporo USA, the Japan America Society of Oregon, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

A STORY OF YONOSUKE screens Saturday, December 7 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 2013 edition of our annual Japanese Currents series.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

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