Thursday, October 3rd, 2013.

The Japanese Consulate is once again screening two special films for FREE this fall at the Paramount Theatre on October 3rd 2013. BRAVE STORY and ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET 3.
Note Brave Story starts at 6:45pm

DIRECTOR – Yamazaki Takashi, 2012, Japan, 142min
STARING – Yoshioka Hidetaka, Tsutsumi Shinichi, Koyuki.


The year is 1964. With Tokyo preparing to host the Olympics, buildings and highways are being constructed at a feverish pace, and excitement fills the air. Amidst all the change and commotion, the people of Third Street continue to carry on with their lives, as colorful and vibrant as ever.

The novelist Ryunosuke Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka) has married Hiromi (Koyuki), and the two now share a happy life with Junnosuke (Kenta Suga), the young boy he had taken in during the first film, who is now in high school. Chagawa’s candy shop has been renovated to include a small restaurant, which Hiromi runs. Hiromi is also pregnant, and the family prepares to welcome a new addition to their household. Chagawa continues to write his serial as the lead writer on the Adventure Boys Book magazine, but his popularity is threatened by a new writer. Asked by the editor, Tomioka (Nao Omori), to “give it a fresh new feel,” Chagawa begins to sink into a rut.

Meanwhile, Norifumi Suzuki (Shinichi Tsutsumi), his wife Tomoe (Hiroko Yakushimaru), their only son Ippei (Kazuki Koshimizu) and their live-in employee Mutsuko Hoshino (Maki Horikita) have gradually expanded their auto repair business, which has gotten an impressive makeover. Mutsuko now manages a new employee, and she has grown into an indispensible part of Suzuki Auto. But every morning, Mutsuko puts on makeup and steps out of her home — all so she can “happen to” run into and say hello to the young doctor, Kotaro Kikuchi (Mirai Moriyama), who passes by on his way to work. Kin Ohta (Masako Motai) watches over Mutsuko’s burgeoning romance with maternal warmth, while the pediatrician, Shiro Takuma (Tomokazu Miura), continues to treat the townspeople.

One day, Hiromi discovers a telegram that Chagawa had hidden. Who sent this telegram? What is the surprising identity of this new, rival writer? Will Mutsuko’s affections be returned? And what future awaits the people of Third Street?

BRAVE STORY – 6:45pm
DIRECTOR – Chigira Koichi, 2006, Japan, 111min
STARING – Matsu Takako, Oizumi Yo, Tokiwa Takako


Based on a fantasy masterpiece by best selling author, Miyabe Miyuki.
A primary school pupil, Wataru, lives with his mother as his parents are divorced. His mother slips into critical condition. “If you go to the other side of that door, you can change your fate,” says his new classmate, Mitsuru. Wataru follows his words and sets off on a journey into the world of Vision.
Wataru becomes a trainee hero, and travels in search of a hidden treasure that has the power to change fate. Mitsuru came to the world of Vision before Wataru in order to bring back his sister who was killed in a forced double suicide by their father. Mitsuru gets hold of the treasure, but as he touches it, it unleashes demons which have been sealed off by the treasure. Vision is now full of demons. Wataru chases after Mitsuru in order to contain the demons. Mitsuru loses his life in a battle against his own alter ego, and he hands over the treasure to Wataru. Entrusted with fate, Wataru chooses to prioritize peace in Vision over his wish to recover his happy home with his parents. The demons are sealed away and peace returns to Vision once again.