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Perfect Days

Academy Award Nominee for Best International Feature Film & Cannes Festival Winner, Best Actor and Ecumenical Jury Prize

PG, some language, partial nudity and smoking.
Dir: Wim Wenders.
Japan/Germany, 2023, 123 min.
Kôji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

“In the days before the Internet, arthouse cinemas used to bring us the world: this is how moviegoers in America would have seen Kôji Yakusho, famous in his home country of Japan, in movies like Tampopo or Shall We Dance? For longtime moviegoers, Yakusho’s performance in Wim Wenders’ sublime Perfect Days is a kind of homecoming. His character, Hirayama, has either retreated from the world or is fully embracing it, depending on your perspective: He’s a Tokyo janitor who cleans public toilets for a living, driving from job to job accompanied by the music streaming from his van’s cassette deck. His daily companions are Patti Smith, Lou Reed, the Kinks, Nina Simone – artists who mark him as a music lover of a certain age, but who also bind the past to the present in an elastic embrace. Yakusho’s performance is a marvel of openness: Hirayama observes all that’s around him – the pattern of light on the waves of a river, the tracery of leaves on a tree he sees every day – as if taking the world in with every breath, and subliminally, he urges us to do the same.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine




April 1
7:00 pm
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