Saturday, March 24, 2018

MEPPI Japan Lecture Series - A City of Consumption: The Woodblock Print Industry in Edo Japan, March 29 at Carnegie Museum of Art.

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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will present its next event in the MEPPI Japan Lecture Series on March 29 to kick-off a new exhibition of Utagawa Hiroshige prints at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Dr. Brenda Jordan's talk, "A City of Consumption: The Woodblock Print Industry in Edo Japan," offers a preview of the theme and the collection:
The city of Edo (Tokyo) was the largest city in the world by 1800, and a city of commercial and artistic life. In this talk, Dr. Jordan will highlight one of the defining arts of this period in Japan—the industry of the colored woodblock print. Designed and produced by a collaborative process, and sold to people from all walks of life, nineteenth century Japanese prints provide a window into Edo urban culture—what people thought was important, what they liked to do, and where their interests lay. After the lecture, the Hiroshige exhibit will be open to the attendees. This event will serve as a kickoff event for the Hiroshige exhibit, which will be open from March 31 to July 8, 2018.

Friday, March 23, 2018

1988 film Akira (アキラ), free at Pitt on March 25.

The Pitt Anime Club will hold a screening of the 1988 classic anime film Akira (アキラ) on March 25.

2017 Chinese animated film Have a Nice Day (大世界) just announced for Pittsburgh, April 6 - 19.

The 2017 Chinese animated film Have a Nice Day (大世界) will play in Pittsburgh from April 6 through April 19. The distributor offers a summary:
A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China.

In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss.

News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money…

Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation.

Japanese-language-only screenings of Yojimbo (用心棒) and Your Name (君の名は) at Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival.

There will be Japanese-language-only screenings of Yojimbo (用心棒) and Your Name (君の名は) at the Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival, which starts next month at the Row House Cinema. The no-subs-no-dubs screening of Kurosawa's Yojimbo runs from 10:00 to 11:30 am on April 8, and the Japanese-language-only screening of Your Name runs from 10:00 to 11:45 am on the 15th.

Tickets for these, and all other events, are available online via the festival's website. The Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival, now in its third year, runs from April 6 through 19 and features 10 Japanese movies across genres and decades, and will play at the single-screen theater in Lawrenceville (map).

2017 documentary The Departure, on punk-turned-priest Ittetsu Nemoto, at CMU International Film Festival, March 30.

The 2017 documentary The Departure will play at the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival on Friday, March 30. Its subject is Ittestsu Nemoto,
a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?
Tickets for the screening are available online. It will play at McConomy Auditorium (map) from 7:00 pm, and the evening also includes a discussion panel.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Screening of documentary Barefoot Doctor Sun Lizhe, with Q&A with doctor, at Pitt on March 27.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center presents a screening of the documentary Barefoot Doctor Sun Lizhe, followed by a question-and-answer session the doctor, on March 27.

King Hu's Legend of the Mountain (山中传奇) in Pittsburgh one more day, March 25.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Silk Screen Asian Arts & Cultural Organization are showing a different classic Asian film each month, with King Hu's 1979 movie Legend of the Mountain (山中传奇) set to play once more in March.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Feeling of Freedom: Japanese and American Wartime Films on the Liberation of the Philippines, 1943-45," March 26 at Pitt.

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The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Takashi Fujitani and his talk "Feeling of Freedom: Japanese and American Wartime Films on the Liberation of the Philippines, 1943-45" on March 26.

IUP hiring language instructor fluent in Japanese and Korean.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is again hiring a foreign language instructor fluent in Japanese and Korean to teach elementary-, intermediate-, and advanced-level courses in those languages. An excerpt from the job posting:
The Department of Foreign Languages at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applicants for anticipated full-time, and temporary faculty position for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Teach elementary, intermediate, and advanced Japanese and Korean.

Position Qualifications
Fluency in Japanese and Korean. A master's degree in Foreign Languages, Education, or a related field are required. Ph.D. is preferred. Ongoing research and publications appropriate to one's area of specialty are expected, and teaching or field experience is preferred.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple (文豪ストレイドッグス Dead Apple) in Pittsburgh, from May 2.

The 2018 adaptation of the movie and anime series Bungo Stray Dogs will play at the Southside Works Cinema on May 2, May 5, and May 6. The theater provides a synopsis of Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple (文豪ストレイドッグス Dead Apple):