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July 24 - July 26, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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National Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon

National Cherry Blossom Festival Films 2014

Friday April 11th at 7PM and Sunday April 13th at 12PM

Come join Otakorp at the National Cherry Blossom Festival for our 12th year of collaboration with the Freer Sackler Gallery, this year featuring two films by Satoshi Miki.

Admission is FREE!

On Friday at 7PM: It's Me, It's Me - This surreal, Kafka-esque comedy won the audience award at the 2013 Udine Far East Film Festival. It stars J-Pop star Kazuya Kamenashi (of the band KAT-TUN) as thirty-three different characters, if the credits are to be believed. In the beginning, he is Hitoshi, an aspiring photographer in a dead-end job. He finds a lost cell phone and impulsively calls the owner's mother, impersonating her son.

On Sunday at 12PM: Pre-film Talk: Kiyochika: Master of the Night - Filmmaker Satoshi Miki's vision of Tokyo in his picaresque comedy Adrift in Tokyo is similar in sensibility to Kobayashi Kiyochika's depictions of the city made nearly 150 years ago. Miki joins Jim Ulak, curator of Kiyochika: Master of the Night, to discuss the intriguing links between these two artists' perceptions of Tokyo.

On Sunday at 2PM: Adrift in Tokyo - Satoshi Miki's Adrift in Tokyo is a brilliant ode to the city's street life and eccentric denizens. The comedy stars Jo Odagiri as Fumiya, a slacker (in his eighth year of college) who receives an unorthodox proposition from a debt collector named Fukuhara (Tomokasu Miura): If Fumiya accompanies Fukuhara on a walk across Tokyo, his debts will be cleared.

Visit this webpage for a detailed schedule.

Presented in conjunction with the Sackler exhibition Hand-Held with the assistance of Otakorp, Inc., and the DC Anime Club.

The films are free, although space is limited.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

More information on the Freer Sackler Gallery can be found here:

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