Monday, November 19 – Sunday, November 25
: On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens Friday, November 23rd exclusively at the Laemmle Royal and will expand to Encino and Pasadena on November 30th. Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles. Tags:
CASTLE IN THE SKY [Subtitled]
: A timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 7:00 pm.
: CONTENT WARNING. A new documentary exploring cannibalism through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa. Arrested in Paris for murder on June 13, 1981 and declared insane, Mr. Sagawa returned to Japan where he has been a free man ever since. Ostracized from society, he has made his living off his crime by writing novels, drawing manga, appearing in innumerable documentaries and sexploitation films in which he reenacts his crime, and even becoming a food critic. The Downtown Independent, Los Angeles. 8:00 pm. $13.41.
CASTLE IN THE SKY [Dubbed]
: A timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The English-dubbed cast includes the vocal talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and more! Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 7:00 pm.
TOKYO GODFATHERS [Subtitled]
: On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. ArcLight Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks. 7:30 pm. $14.50.
FRIDAY – THURSDAY
PERFECT BLUE [Subtitled]
: The groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, “Paranoia Agent”), returns to theatres for its 20th Anniversary in a brand new digital transfer. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, West Los Angeles. 11:55 pm. $9 and up.
POKEMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US [Dubbed]
: When a series of threats endangers all the people and Pokémon of Fula City, it’ll take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day! Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 12:55 pm.
Sounds of Fall: Koto and Shakuhachi Concert
: The Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute presents a Koto performance by Hiroko Masuda and Hiromi Hashibe, plus a feature performance by International Shakuhachi artist, Kaoru Kakizakai. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, Pasadena. 2:00 pm. $20.
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November 28, 2018: TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT [Subtitled]: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Miracle Mile. Free.
November 29, 2018: MIRAI [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles.
December 1, 2018: Art & Study of Taiko: James R Armstrong Theatre, Torrance. $10 and up.
December 3, 2018: Brewing Happiness: Secrets Behind a Century-old Sake-making Family Business: Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. Free.
December 7, 2018: Hiroya Tsukamoto: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance. $33 and up.
December 11, 2018: George Takei’s Allegiance: Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles.
December 13, 2018: NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles.