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The Great Passage

Fune Wo Amu

Japan | 2013 | 133 minutes | Yûya Ishii

Tasked with helping to edit a new dictionary known as “The Great Passage,” Mitsuya finds himself distracted by his landlord’s beautiful granddaughter in this kindhearted tribute to the power of words.

June 4, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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June 8, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center  
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Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is, by all accounts, a word person. Physically clumsy and socially awkward, he only truly feels at home within the rules and confines of lexicography, or when relaxing in solitude at his boarding house with his cat, Tora-san. After struggling in the sales division of the Genbu Books publishing company, he manages to land his dream job in the Dictionary Editorial Department, where he can use his talents to compile a new dictionary, called "The Great Passage." Partnering with Mitsuya are an elderly professor who is nearing retirement after devoting his life to studying the Japanese language and a callow young man who is slow to develop an appreciation for the challenging task ahead. Mitsuya's love of language, however, leaves him speechless when he meets Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki), his landlady's granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Rising Japanese director Yuya Ishii (Sawako Decides, Mitsuko Delivers) sets this gentle dramatic comedy in the 1990s, well before the Wild West attitude of Google and Wikipedia. The Great Passage is a kindhearted tribute to a time when the written word still contained an element of magic and romance.

Director Biography
Yuya Ishii is a young Japanese director, writer, editor, producer, and actor with work in both TV and film production. His won the Best Director Award for his feature Sawako Decides in the 2010 Blue Ribbon Awards. Along with directing 10 feature films, he is also known for his marriage to Sawako’s lead actress Hikari Mitsushima, a former member of the J-pop group Folder 5.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Japan Foundation Los Angeles

Director: Yûya Ishii
Principal Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jô Odagiri, Kumiko Aso, Kazuki Namioka
Premier Status: North America
Country: Japan
Year: 2013
Running Time: 133 minutes
Producer: Tomoo Tsuchii, Kimitaka Goka, Fumitsugu Ikeda, Yasuyuki Iwanami
Screenplay: Kansaku Watanabe
Cinematographers: Junichi Fujisawa
Editors: Junichi Fujisawa
Website: http://www.shochikufilms.com/film/detail.php?product_code=780
Filmography: Mitsuko Delivers (2011); A Man with Style (2011); Sawako Decides (2010); Kimi to arukou (2009); Bare-assed Japan (2007); Of Monster Mode (2007); Girl Sparks (2007); Rebel, Jiro’s Love (2006)
Language: Japanese
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Format: HDCAM
International Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd
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