06-24 November 2019

TALKING THE PICTURES

TALKING THE PICTURES

カツベン!

Spotlight on Japan
Masayuki Suo

Japan

2019 / 127’ / Hawaii Premiere / Japanese

TALKING THE PICTURES

Shuntaro Someya (Ryo Narita, also in this year's FAREWELL SONG, and JUST ONLY LOVE) dreams of becoming a katsudo benshi (beloved performers who provide live narration to silent films) and captivate viewers with narrations that stir their hearts. However, he currently works with a group of thieves as a phony katsudo benshi and decides to run away to Aoki-kan, a small town with a famous theater. The screenings at Aoki-kan are always empty, however, after losing its staff and customers to a rival theater in a neighboring town. 

Nevertheless, Shuntaro is excited at the prospect of finally becoming a real katsudo benshi, but the theater is full of over-the-top individuals—the owner of the theater and his wife treat him like a slave, their current katsudo benshi is always drunk, a vain and arrogant competitor, and a cantankerous, hard-to-please projectionist. When he is reunited with his first childhood love (Yuina Kuroshima), Shuntaro finds the courage to summon his voice and become a katsudo benshi star.

A tribute to Japan’s silent film era at the turn of the twentieth century, acclaimed director Masayuki Suo (SHALL WE DANCE?) brings us back a simple nostalgic time full of romance, action, and comedy, TALKING THE PICTURES is a film for cinephiles of any generation.

Screenings
Sunday 10 17:15 - 19:27Regal Dole Cannery 9 add
Monday 11 20:30 - 22:42Regal Dole Cannery 13 add
DirectorMasayuki Suo.
CastRyo Narita, Yuina Kuroshima and Masatoshi Nagase.
ScreenplayShozo Katashima.
CinematographerJunichi Fujisawa .
Production designerNorihiro Isoda.
EditorJunichi Kikuchi.
MusicYoshikazu Suo.
SoundKorimichi Kori.
ProductionAMANO KAZUHITO / TSUCHIMOTO TAKAO.

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