CIMMFest Japanese Movie Screenings

As a part of this year’s Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (, there will be screenings of two Japanese films. They’re not anime, but one of the films is directed by Takahiro Miki, who directed the live-action film “Solanin,” based on Inio Asano’s manga. Plus it’s a chance to see some Japanese films that probably won’t play local theaters otherwise.

The screening takes place at 3pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $7. Here is a brief description of the two films that will make up the screening:

Too Close to the Sky
Dir. Denis Quinn (Associate Professor at Hokkaido Bunkyo University)
21 min., fiction
The generation gap plays out in an underground club.

Control Tower (Kanseito)
Dir. Takahiro Miki
68 minutes, fiction

Set against the frozen backdrop of winter in the northernmost city in Japan, music video director Takahiro Miki’s gorgeous, contemplative film tells the universal story of disaffected youth connecting through music. Based on an autobiographical song by Japanese pop-rock band Galileo Galilei, the film follows lonely boy Kakeru (Kento Yamazaki) as he bonds emotionally and musically with transfer student Mizuho (Ai Hashimoto), but the secret that she and her father are fleeing threatens to break up the band.

Here’s the link to the event page:

Author: Jenn

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