“Forgive me if I wander a little this evening, for I have been all day employ'd in a very abstract Poem and I am in deep love with you—two things which must excuse me.”
THIS FEBRUARY: We are expressing our ever growing devotion to our loyal audience through the lost art of letter writing. The Paradise Presents LOVE LETTERS: Cinema of Correspondence. Calling all Valentines for seven love stories that breed, build, or break in hand written notes.
We arrive at the titular film! The audacious debut of the undersung Japanese auteur Kinuyo Tanaka- whose six film filmography has been gloriously restored by Janus films. LOVE LETTER is a searing look at the wounds of war.
Released a year after the American occupation of Japan ended, Tanaka’s directorial debut explores the professional and personal conflicts of Reikichi (Masayuki Mori), a repatriated veteran who searches for his lost love (Yoshiko Kuga) while translating romantic letters from Japanese women to American GIs. As adapted from a novel by Fumio Niwa, Love Letter depicts with incisive complexity the fraught adaptation of Japanese soldiers to a changed society as well as the moral condemnation of Japanese women who entered into relations with the enemy.
(Courtesy of Janus Films)
Sunday February 11th, 3 PM/2:30 PM Doors
General Admission $12.50 | Student/Senior (with valid ID) $10.00 plus HST + eventbrite fees
Door tickets are available for purchase on the day of screening. Refunds can be requested up to 12 hours before the screening. All refunds must be requested and processed through eventbrite.
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