The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, presents Japanese film screenings every second and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. This month’s films are:
©2015 Neko Samurai 2 Production Committee
• July 13 — Neko Samurai: A Tropical Adventure” (85 minutes, 2015), directed by Takeshi Watanabe. Kyutaro Madarame (Kazuki Kitamura) was once a formidable swordsman who earned the nickname “Madara the Devil.” Now he is masterless, and lives in his hometown with his wife Shizu, daughter Haru, and nagging mother-in-law, Tae.
One day, Kyutaro reluctantly decides to take an opportunity to work as a sword instructor in the Tosa domain on the island outpost of Shikoku. However, just before he and his beloved cat Tamanojo reach the port for their voyage to Shikoku, a mysterious ninja steals their belongings, and their ship leaves without them. Nevertheless, he manages to rent a small boat, and sets sail for Tosa.
However, stormy seas eventually leave the duo shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, and Tamanojo is abducted by the local people, who speak a strange language. Is this really Tosa? What treasure does this place conceal? And can Kyutaro rescue his furry friend?
©2013 “The Devil’s Path” Film Partners
• July 27 — “The Devil’s Path” (128 minutes, 2013), directed by Kazuya Shiraishi. Journalist Shuichi Fujii (Takayuki Yamada) receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo (Pierre Taki). Writing from Death Row, Sudo wants to confess to further crimes. Visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii learns of real estate broker “Doc” (Lily Franky), the mastermind behind a string of murders.
Set up by Doc, Sudo seeks revenge and implores Fujii to find the evidence needed to bring in his former boss. Delving into the case, Fujii discovers a string of vicious crimes – extortion, torture, rape, and arson – in which the weak are preyed upon and the cruel rewarded.
Contains graphic violence and harsh language. Viewers under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Both films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
Free admission. Reservations not required. For information on street parking, go to www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking.
For more information on JFLA’s programs, call (323) 761-7510 or visit www.jflac.org.