A double-bill of recent films from Japan sponsored by The Japan Foundation, presented by the Consulate General of Japan, Vancouver.
12:00 pm Yoko the Cherry Blossom
Inspiring true story of a rural Japanese high school teacher's lifelong quest to create the very first artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom, to fulfill a promise made to his beloved students before they departed for the battlefields of World War II. (2015, 115 min, Japanese with English sub-titles)
2:10 pm The Vancouver Asahi
Japanese immigrants to Canada in the early 1900s were greeted by the harsh reality of grueling labor, discrimination, and poverty. Their fighting spirit emerged through the now legendary Japanese-Canadian baseball team, the Vancouver Asahi, and brought a ray of hope to people's lives. (2015, 132 min, Japanese with English sub-titles)
LIMITED SEATING -- First come basis