Screening in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), Jan 17-19
Introduced by Simon Partner (History, Duke)
Set in a digitally recreated postwar Tokyo (in 1958), Takashi Yamazaki’s Always – Sunset on Third Street is based on a popular manga, and was a hit in Japan. It takes place in a small community in post-war Tokyo, and follows the interweaving stories of a number of the community’s residents over the course of a single year. The film aims to capture a city and a nation on the cusp of major change, with the under construction Tokyo Tower standing as the primary image for the push to modernization. This is an era where entire neighborhoods would turn out when someone nearby bought a television set, where a fridge was a strange and wondrous thing, where Coca-Cola was first appearing on the market and rockabilly filled the airwaves. An era filled with people trying to put the memory of the past behind them and filled with hope and optimism for a better future.
Winner of 12 of the 13 awards at the 2006 Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Film, and the Audience Award at the 2006 New York Asian Film Festival.
Free and open to the public.
This screening is part of the Cine-East film series, a program of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Screen/Society at Duke, co-sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
DATE: January 17, 2014
LOCATION: Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus