Always – Sunset on Third Street (Always san-chôme no yûhi)
DFI Japanese Cinema Showcase at the MIA
Set in 1958 as Japan emerges from the shadow of war, ‘Always – Sunset on Third Street’ follows the lives of a group of people in a small Tokyo neighbourhood on the cusp of major change. Winner of 12 Awards at the 2006 Japanese Academy Awards, ‘Always – Sunset on Third Street’ is a nostalgic, sincere and funny exploration of a bygone era and a neighbourhood filled with optimism for a better future.
As part of its year-round screening series, Doha Film Institute (DFI) presents a showcase of acclaimed works from the rich and diverse cinematic tradition of Japan. The showcase is part of the Qatar Japan 2012 initiative, marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The series will feature classic and modern films, celebrating some of the masters, stars, genres and studios that have made Japan a leader in world cinema. Screenings will take place over the last weekend of every month at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium from March to September.
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the ROTA Tsunami Relief Fund.
About the Director
“This is a movie about good folks in the good old days. In making the film, I took my staff and crew on a journey back to the times of my childhood.” - YAMAZAKI Takashi, Director
Born June 12, 1964, when he saw ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ at the age of thirteen, he decided to work in special effects. After graduating from Asagaya College of Art and Design, he joined SHIROGUMI where he developed highly-skilled visual techniques, working on films such as Itami Juzo’s ‘The Last Dance’ (aka Daibyonin, 1993) and ‘A Quiet Life’ (aka Shizukana Seikatsu, 1995) creating digital compositions and images for promotional events. In 2000, he made his directorial debut with ‘Juvenile’, which set a new standard of integration of full visual effects in entertainment. The film received high acclaim, winning the prize for Best Children's Film at the Giffoni International Film Festival in Italy, and the Best Visual Effects at the domestic Nifty Film Awards in 2000. His next film, ‘Returner’, was a huge box office hit in Japan. Aside from its domestic success, the film was invited for the Open Cinema category at the 7th Pusan International Film Festival, as well as being commercially released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and North America. His career is not only limited to feature films. In 2004 he directed the opening movie sequences for the video game ‘Onimusha 3’, which went on to win 4 awards in several CG competitions around the world. Yamazaki Takashi is currently Japan's most remarkable visual artist working to create pure entertainment
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