Snow White Murder Case
(Japanese language film with English subtitles, 2014)
March 14, 2016 Monday 6:00pm to 8:00pm Ohia auditorium (118)
Synopsis: A murder mystery drama based on a novel by the famed Japanese novelist Kanae Minato deconstructs a seemingly open-and-shut crime case involving the murder of a beautiful cosmetics company employee by her less attractive co-worker by adopting a “Rashomon”-style narrative structure. This film illustrates the destructive power of today’s social mediacentric world by demonstrating the devastating effects of online-fueled rumors and how they can deceive our perception of the truth. In this age of 24 hour global-spanning social media and twitter world, the heroes and villains can change in matter of seconds!
(Chinese language film with English subtitles, 2014)
March 15, 2016 Tuesday 6:00pm to 8:00pm Ohia auditorium (118)
Synopsis: An ordinary day in China becomes a waking nightmare for a father Tian Wen Jun when his son is abducted in broad daylight. Tian and his ex-wife Lu Xiao Juan will spend agonizing years attempting to find their son. Finally, they received a word that a young boy matching their son’s description has been seen in a remote, rural China. When they arrive to the rural village, Tian and Lu find their son – only he has no memory of either of them and is raised by Li Hong Qin, who he calls mother. Parents as our everyday heroes!
The Teacher’s Diary
(Thai language film with English subtitles, 2015)
March 16, 2016 Wednesday 6:00pm to 8:00pm Ohia auditorium (118)
Synopsis: Thai romantic comedy weaves serendipity on two lonely Thai school teachers in rural Thailand connected by a single shared diary. First time teacher Song has just been assigned to teach at a small houseboat school on a mountain lake. He takes on his teaching assignment with earnest dedication. Song finds the diary left behind by the previous teacher Ann. In the diary, she pours her heart and thoughts into her diary. Reading her diary, Song finds himself falling in love with Ann.
Visa of life: Story of Senpo Sugihara
(Japanese language film with English subtitles, 2005)
March 17, 2016 Thursday 6:00pm to 8:00pm Ohia auditorium (118)
Synopsis: Who is Senpo (Chiune) Sugihara? Why did he do what he did despite all that he has been taught and trained as the diplomat for the Japanese government and considering the possible costs to his family and himself. Is Senpo Sugihara a hero? A Japanese TV film based on a true story as written by Senpo’s wife, Yukiko Sugihara about a heroic Japanese diplomat based in Lithuania during World War 2, who disobeyed his superiors and issued Japanese transit visas to desperate Jewish refugees. Thus, saving them from an eventual death at the hands of the Nazis.