What : Movie ” A class to Remember ” directed by Yoji Yamada ( Color, with English Subtitles )
When : 27th June , 18:30
Where : Japan Foundation, Lajpat Nagar IV, New delhi
About : A 1993 Japanese film directed by Yōji Yamada. At the 1994 Japan Academy Prize the film won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, Rookie of the Year and the Popularity Award. It was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Lighting Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Editing.
Kuroi (Nishida) is a slovenly, yet greatly loved teacher at a Japanese night school where his class includes a variety of fractured souls seeking education. Included among them is Onomi, a Korean woman who, despite being in Japan for most of her life, still struggles with reading and writing the language; Midori, a young woman who has reformed her life since meeting Kuroi; Chan, an immigrant from China with a Japanese mother, but without an affinity for his homeland or adopted country; Eriko, a shy student who finally finds meaning in her life with her enrolment in the classes. As each one writes their memories of the past year for their final assignment before graduation, their respective struggles are explored as is the sense of friendship they all enjoy.
‘Gakko’ (to give it its Japanese name) is a portrait of quiet hope and self-worth painted with the delicate strokes the director Yoji Yamada so often uses. It touches on a silent underclass within Japan’s academically-driven society and how one outlet provides for their needs (the film closes with a tribute to the various Gakko or night schools and their teachers).