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Ryūsuke Hamaguchi Retrospective – The Theatre of Emotions

A retrospective co-presented with 24 images, in collaboration with Conseil des arts du Canada and the Japan Foundation.

May 9 to 13, 2019

5 Films & 1 Master Class

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi is a key figure of the Japanese film renaissance. Ever since his graduation film, Passion, he has shown remarkable thematic and aesthetic maturity. His reputation has grown quickly over the last ten years, a decade when he averaged one film a year, whether fiction or documentary. Hamaguchi has constantly reinvented his work process while staying true to his artistic identity. He is at ease with films of any length – from 30 minutes to more than 5 hours – and both professional and amateur actors. An admirer of Rohmer, Cassavetes and Hawks, he is adept at blending genres. Hamaguchi’s films explore complex emotions and social norms, and reveal a particular fascination for the relationship between reality and role-playing.

“Hamaguchi is one of the most innovative filmmakers in contemporary Asian cinema.” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire


Born in 1978 in Kanagawa, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi is a Japanese film director. Passion (2008) is his graduation work, and was well-received by his professors including renowned director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It was followed by the Japanese-Korean coproduction The Depths (2010) and a documentary series co-directed by Ko Sakai, the Tohoku Trilogy (2011-2013). His recent fiction films include Intimacies (2012) and Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013). In 2015 his feature fiction Happy Hour won a Golden Leopard for the Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival (given to the ensemble cast). His latest feature Asako 1 & 2 was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Now showing
Happy Hour – Part 1

Thursday, May 9, 18:30

Happy Hour – Part 2

Thursday, May 9, 20:30

Happy Hour – Part 3

Friday, May 10, 18:30


Saturday, May 11, 16:00

Asako I & II

Sunday, May 12, 15:00

Monday, May 13, 21:00