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Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 17:30 - 21:30

Based on the true story of the scrappy Japanese-Canadian nikkei baseball team


Reservation due was December 15, 2014.  Thank you for your cooperation!!


"THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (Bankuba no Asahi)" followed by
a Q&A session with director Yuya Ishii and star Satoshi Tsumabuki

In Collaboration with the Embassy of CanadaThe Vancouver Asahi-tp 50p

Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00pm*
The event will be held at the Embassy of Canada **(details below***)

*Please note the early start time and **event location; doors open at 5:30

In Japanese & English with subtitles

Japan, 2014 133 minutes  

Directed by: Yuya Ishii
Written by: Satoko Okudera
Produced by: Naoto Inaba, Miyoshi Kikuchi
Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kazuya Kamenashi, Ryo Katsuji, Yusuke Kamiji, Sosuke Ikematsu,
Koichi Sato, Mitsuki Takahata, Aoi Miyazaki, Shihori Kanjiya, Eri Ishida, Yusuke Santamaria,             
Shingo Tsurumi, Manami Honjou, Ken Mitsuishi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Ryo Iwamatsu, Ren Osugi
Film courtesy of Toho

The FCCJ and the Embassy of Canada are pleased to present this special sneak preview of "The Vancouver Asahi," winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival, followed by a Q&A session with director Yuya Ishii and star Satoshi Tsumabuki.

Based on the true story of the scrappy Japanese-Canadian nikkei baseball team that overcame poverty, discrimination and ostracism to become the five-time Pacific Northwest League champions just prior to World War II, this David vs. Goliath tale has been hailed for its beautifully filmed evocation of a little-known era in Canadian history, when an underdog ball team brought Japanese and Canadian fans together in a jubilant celebration of sport and life.

Set in Vancouver's Japantown, the film opens in the late 1930s when a group of nisei friends finds refuge from their manual jobs, demanding Canadian bosses and dead-end lives by joining the local team, the Asahi. Their leader and shortstop is Reji "Reggie" Kasahara (Tsumabuki), a sawmill worker whose abusive father (Sato) leaves the family for extended periods to build railroads. Roi "Roy" Naganishi (Kamenashi) is the team's ace pitcher, Kei Kitamoto (Katsuji) is the team's second baseman and Tom Miyake (Kamiji) is the catcher. Only third baseman Frank Nojima (Ikematsu) has attempted to move up in the world, getting a job at a local luxury hotel.

The Asahi are physically overshadowed by their bigger, stronger opponents and become known for spectacular defeats. But after constant drubbings, Reggie discovers the power of the bunt, and the team develops a winning strategy dubbed "brain ball." With superlative fielding, bunts and swift base-running, the Asahi are able to overcome the powerhouse Canadians and gradually, to rank among the region's most popular players. Then, just as Japantown's hopes and dreams are reviving and cultural bridge-building has begun, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and everything changes. In 1941, Japanese-Canadians are classified as enemy aliens and sent to internment camps in the B.C. Interior. The Vancouver Asahi never played again.
This year marks the centenary of the team, which won 10 city championship titles between 1919 and 1940, as well as the Pacific Northwest Championship five times. After years as a footnote to history, the Vancouver Asahi was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, and a documentary on them, "Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story," was released the same year.****

Join FCCJ’s Movie Committee and the Embassy of Canada for this special screening of "The Vancouver Asahi," ahead of the film’s Japan-wide opening on December 20th.

Find out more here (Japanese only):
****For more on the 2003 documentary:

Director-writer Yuya Ishii won the Vancouver International Film Festival's Dragon & Tiger Young Cinema Award for his 2007 film "Bare-Assed Japan" and the Edward Yang Award for Most Promising Director at the Asian Film Awards that same year for "Of Monster Mode." "Sawako Decides" debuted at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and won Best Picture and Best Actress awards at the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival, Best New Director and Best Actress awards at the Yokohama Film Festival, and earned Ishii the distinction of being the youngest Japan Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2011. Ishii's "Mitsuko Delivers" and "A Man with Style" played the festival circuit in 2011, and "The Great Passage" (2013) won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the Japan Academy Prizes, as well as many other awards. Ishii also worked on TV Asahi's 2012 "Delusional Investigation – A Stylish Life of Associate Professor Koichi Kuwagata" and on Wowow's 2012 "Endroll - Densetsu no Chichi". He appeared at FCCJ with "Our Family," also starring Satoshi Tsumabuki, earlier this year.

Satoshi Tsumabuki's breakthrough film was "Waterboys" (2001), for which he received the Newcomer of the Year award at the Japanese Academy Prizes, among other accolades. He won the Best Actor award from Kinema Junpo in 2004 for "Josée, the Tiger and the Fish," "Sayonara Kuro" and "Dragonhead," as well as other awards; and in 2010, received the Blue Ribbon Award and the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor for "Villain," which marked his first visit to FCCJ. Among many other films, the immensely popular actor has also appeared in Justin Lin's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006), Michel Gondry's "Interior Design" in the "Tokyo!" omnibus (2008), "My Back Pages" and "Smuggler," both of which we screened at FCCJ in 2011, Koki Mitani's "The Magic Hour" and "The Kiyosu Conference," Yoji Yamada's "Tokyo Family" and "The Little House." This year, he has also appeared in "The World of Kanako" and Ishii's "Our Family." Tsumabuki is also active on TV, where he has appeared in several dozen shows and won many awards.

Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below, still & TV cameras inclusive, by Monday, December 15. You must be registered in order to enter the Embassy compound (map below).
***Please arrive at the Embassy of Canada by 5:45 pm and be prepared to produce identification upon request. Please note there is no parking available on site.

This screening is a private, noncommercial event restricted to FCCJ members and guests, and guests of the Embassy of Canada.

-Cohosted by the FCCJ Movie Committee and the Embassy of Canada

map of Canadian Embassy



『バンクーバーの朝日』 カナダ大使館共催 特別内覧試写会
質疑応答登壇: 監督・石井 裕也  主演俳優・妻夫木 聡

12月17日(水)午後6時上映開始 (開場:午後5時30分)


東宝提供(2014年・日本/133分/日本語・英語 字幕つき)
監督:石井 裕也
脚本:奥寺 佐渡子
製作:稲葉 直人、菊地 美世志
出演:妻夫木 聡、亀梨 和也、勝地 涼、上地 雄輔、池松 壮亮、佐藤 浩市、高畑 充希、宮崎 あおい、
貫地谷 しほり、石田 えり、ユースケ・サンタマリア、鶴見 辰吾、本上 まなみ、光石 研、田口 トモロヲ、岩松 了、大杉 漣

FCCJとカナダ大使館は、映画『バンクーバーの朝日』 特別内覧試写会(石井 裕也監督、妻夫木 聡Q&Aセッション付き)を共催いたします。















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