Presented by the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese Film Festival is on this Saturday, 24th January at the Mendana Hotel. This is a free event with doors opening at 12.30pm, and the first film, Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, starting at 1pm. A second film, Always- Sunset on Third Street 3, will be shown at 3pm. This is a free entry event but spaces are limited. Below is a synopses of the two films.
Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, Comedy, 99 min, 1992
This film tells the story of a university Sumo Club in Japan. These days, the younger generation is more interested in Western sports than Japanese traditional sports. Shuhei, a university student has to join the Sumo Club which has only one member, to please his professor in order to graduate from university in a timely manner, and to gain the job waiting for him due to his family connections. They recruit some members, and begin training for competition, even though none of them cares about Sumo at all. However, gradually they develop a love and respect for the traditional sport.
Always- Sunset on Third Street 3, Drama, 142 min, 142 min
Tokyo in 1964. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and the country has experienced a period of rapid economic growth. The inhabitants of Third Street live amidst all the change in their usual optimistic ways. Novelist Ryunosuke is now married to Hiromi and they live with Junnosuke who is now in high school. Auto mechanic Norifumi Suzuki still run his mechanic shop across the street with his wife Tomoe, son Ippei and employee Mutsuko. Their shop has experienced growth over the years. A turning point then occurs for the residents on Third Street.