ALWAYS, Sunset on Third Street Trilogy
Complete trilogy of blu-ray screenings
In conjunction with Tokyo Before/After photography exhibition
The 1st screening cycle: May 3, 7, and 16
Screenings at The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. E. Suite 300, 3rd floor of Hudson’s Bay Centre, above Royal Bank
Based on manga by Ryōhei Saigan
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Part 1: 2005, Part 2: 2007, Part 3: 2012)
All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
In the photography exhibition TOKYO Before/After, photographs from the 1930s and 1940s are contrasted with works after 2010. World War II with its destructive air raids marks the boundary between these two groups of photographs. Tokyo has gone through so many pivotal incidents in its urban history. The Meiji Restoration in 1868 followed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 transformed the city from Edo to Tokyo. Post-war recovery and reconstruction were celebrated with the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Both the even higher fever of the Bubble economy and its sudden burst transformed the city again at the tail end of the 20th century. What will the upcoming Olympic Games in 2020 do to the city? We all wonder.
ALWAYS, Sunset on Third Street was such a big hit film in 2005 that a sequel was produced immediately by popular demand. In 2012 Part 3 was added to complete a trilogy of films describing the downtown life of Tokyo in 1958, 1959, and 1964. Symbolically standing in the middle of the stories, the Tokyo Tower, first in construction, and then in full function in the television industry, is a strong unifying image. This heartwarming neighbourhood comedy reminds us that social and cultural changes ALWAYS involve living people who struggle and survive thorough those challenging times. Going through the drama of dealing with changes and progress, the same individuals who witnessed the events of Before remain in the new world of After to testify about the past. But, sometimes the memories and testimonies are funny and whimsical, as are these films.
The 1st screening cycle
Thursday, May 3, 2018 6:30 P.M. 133 min.
ALWAYS, Sunset on Third Street Part 1, 1958
Monday, May 7, 2018 6:30 P.M, 145 min.
ALWAYS, Sunset on Third Street Part 2, 1959
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:30 P.M. 142 min.
ALWAYS, Sunset on Third Street Part 3, 1964