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Sketches of Kaitan City


Director:Kazuyoshi Kumakiri


World Premiere

10/28 14:20- 10/30 19:50-

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152min Japanese Color 35mm | 2010 Japan | Distributor in Japan : Slow Learner inc.

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Based on an unfinished posthumous masterpiece written by Yasushi Sato, who led an unfortunate life, despite being compared alongside Haruki Murakami. With the support of Hakodate City, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri tenderly depicts Kaitan City and the hardships of its residents.


One winter, a brother and sister are dismissed from a shipyard due to a redundant downsizing in Kaitan City. They clasp the little money they have, and climb the mountain to see the New Year sunrise. An operator of a planetarium is hurt by his wife's betrayal. A young boss of a fuel company cannot contain his frustration. A son who doesn't get along with his father doesn't try to visit him during his homecoming. An old woman who is pressed for eviction, disappears with her cat one day. Each of these events is small and commonplace. Trams run through, and snow piles in between these people's lives. While feeling the magnitude of the lost, regretting and weeping over it, all of them carry on.

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10/28 14:20 - 17:07 (152min.)

Advance Tickets ¥1000(Tax included) |Tickets at the Door ¥1200(Tax included)



10/30 19:50 - 22:22 (152min.)

Advance Tickets ¥1000(Tax included) |Tickets at the Door ¥1200(Tax included)


* Please note that the screening schedule, Q&A and Greeting from the Stage are subject to change. The stage appearances of guests and scheduled closing time of the show may change according to circumstances.

* Advance Tickets can be purchased by telephone/internet and from convenience stores (CircleKSunkus, Lawson) and playguide on First-come basis.

* Please be forewarned that the number of Tickets at the Door is limited. Tickets at the Door can be only purchased two tickets per person. You are kindly requested not to form a queue before the theater in the late-evening.

Kazuyoshi Kumakiri

Born in Hokkaido in 1974. He hit the limelight with Kichiku Dai Enkai in 1997, which was invited to Berlin International Film Festival Panorama section, and won the Grand Prix at Taormina Film Festival. Hole in the Sky (2001) was invited to the Young Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival. Other works include Antenna (2003), The Volatile Woman (2004), Green Mind, Metal Bats (2006), Freesia: Bullet Over Tears (2006) and Non-Ko (2008).

谷村美月    加瀬 亮    小林 薫    南 果歩    竹原ピストル    三浦誠己    山中 崇    Producer:Michio Koshikawa    Producer:Hideki Hoshino    Screenplay:Takashi Ujita    Music:Jim O'Rourke    Cinematographer:Ryuto Kondo    :

Mitsuki Tanimura    Ryo Kase    Kaoru Kobayashi    Kaho Minami    Pistol Takehara    Masaki Miura    Takashi Yamanaka    

Mitsuki Tanimura

Born in Osaka, 1990. She made her film debut as the protagonist in Akihiko Shiota's Canary in 2004. Her major works include The Chasing World (Issei Shibata, 2007), God's Puzzle (Takashi Miike, 2008), and Box! (Toshio Lee, 2010). Works in production include Oniichan no Hanabi (Masahiro Kunimoto, 2010) and Hesomori (Tomomi Iriya, 2010).

Ryo Kase

Born in Kanagawa, 1974. He made his film debut in Gojo Reisenki (Sogo Ishii, 2000). His major works include Antenna (Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, 2003), Scrap Heaven (Sang-il Lee, 2005), Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2006), I Just Didn't Do It (Masayuki Suo, 2007), Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010), and Restless (Gus Van Sant).

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