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Monday, February 23, 2015, 18:30 - 21:30


Cancellation of "THE CURTAIN RISES" Sneak Preview 

on Monday, February 23

The Movie Committee regrets that we will not be able to screen “The Curtain Rises”

on February 23 as planned.

T-Joy joins us in deeply regretting any inconvenience this cancellation has caused.

-The Movie Committee




Sneak Preview Screening: THE CURTAIN RISES (Maku ga Agaru)

Monday, February 23 at 6:30 PM*The Curtain Rises official
*Please note early start time

In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 2015 119 minutes  

Directed and produced by: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Written by: Kohei Kiyasu, from the novel by Oriza Hirata
Produced by: Reiko Katayama, Keiichiro Moriya
Starring: Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Reni Takagi, Momoka Ariyasu, Ayaka Sasaki,
Tsuyoshi Muro, Michiko Shimizu, Kotaro Shiga, Haru Kuroki

Film courtesy of T-Joy                     

What do you get when you combine one of Japan's most internationally celebrated avant-garde theater directors with the director of two of Japan's most commercially successful live-action films of all time, plus the members of the country's hottest girl group? In today's cross-platform world, you get a collaboration that will appear not only on film, but also in live performance several months later.  

Adapted for film and live performance from the bestselling YA novel of the same name by Oriza Hirata, multiaward-winning leader of the Seinendan Theater Company, "The Curtain Rises" reps a rare comingling of tried and tested talent from screen, stage and song. The director of both cinematic and theatrical versions, Katsuyuki Motohiro of "Bayside Shakedown" ("Odoru Daisosasen") series fame, is working from a script by Kohei Kiyasu, screenwriter of the 2013 Japan Academy Prize-winning "The Kirishima Thing," another story about the importance of clubs to the high school social hierarchy. "The Curtain Rises" stars the five effervescent Momoiro Clover Z songstresses, who prove as comfortable on camera as they do in concert halls, and also features Berlin Silver Bear-winning actress Haru Kuroki as their inspiring, feminist teacher.

The story revolves around the female members of a provincial high school drama club as they start the new school year, select a new "captain," Saori (Kanako Momota), and attempt to rehearse for a regional drama competition. But when a new arts teacher, Ms. Yoshioka (Kuroki) agrees to help coach them, they begin to set their goals a lot higher, eventually focusing on the All-Japan Drama Competition. Saori and her clubmates Yukko (Shiori Tamai), Garuru (Reni Takagi), Nakanishi (Momoka Ariyasu) and Akemi (Ayaka Sasaki) are in for some empowering life lessons, and their dedication inspires Ms. Yoshioka to rediscover her own passion for the theater.

Join us for this sneak peek at "The Curtain Rises" before the film opens in Japan on February 28. It will also be mounted on stage with the same stars in May.

For more (in Japanese):

MOMOIRO CLOVER Z ("Momoclo" for short) started as a street act in 2008, performing in Yoyogi Park on weekends before drawing the attention of promoters who took them on a tour of Japan the following year and helped build them into one of Japan's most successful girl groups. Composed of Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Ayaka Sasaki, Momoka Ariyasu and Reni Takagi, the group punctuates their hyperactive J-pop concerts with elements of ballet, gymnastics and action movies, and were ranked most popular female idol group in 2013 and 2014. They have drawn record stadium crowds, topped the Billboard and Oricon charts, opened for Lady Gaga, performed overseas, and on January 28, released a single with US supergroup Kiss.

Director KATSUYUKI MOTOHIRO started his career directing commercials, late-night TV, variety shows, dramas and documentaries. His film debut was "Seventh of July, Sunny Day" in 1996. In 2003, his "Bayside Shakedown 2," a sequel to his 1998 hit, became a smash success, and continues to be Japan's highest grossing live-action film. He has also directed "Summer Time Machine Blues," "Udon" and "Shaolin Girl," among others. In 2007, Motohiro founded the theater project FABRICA and in 2010, participated in the play "Introduction to Theater," with a script by filmmaker Shunji Iwai, based on Oriza Hirata's book. He has expanded into music videos and TV animation and, in 2013, became director of the Sanuki Film Festival.

Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below.  You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.

- Karen Severns, Movie Committee


スニークプレビュー上映: 『幕が上がる』 
Q&A登壇者:監督 本広克之 主演 ももいろクローバーZ
2015年2月23日(月) 午後6時30分試写開始
日本語 英語字幕版


脚本:喜安浩平 原作:平田オリザ『幕が上がる』

提供: ティ・ジョイ


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