Japanese Currents: WONDERFUL WORLD END

WWE1_Main_Ai Hashimoto,Jun Aonami_Photo by Yuki Ninomiya_(C) 2014 avex music creative Inc.

Incorporating live video feed-style footage, text message overlays, and more than its fair share of on-screen emoji, Matsui’s film is a freewheeling peek into the world of teen fascination with fame and identity, focusing on Shiori (Ai Hashimoto), a small-time model struggling to boost her career via her interactive blog. She has one admirer: overly shy Ayumi (Jun Aonami), who has a habit of dressing in the same garb as Shiori and following her to shoots. The film amplifies their unorthodox friendship with liberal forays into fantasy and a clever regard for adolescent fickleness and internet-era indulgence.

WONDERFUL WORLD END screens Saturday, December 12 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our Japanese Currents series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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