The Consulate-General of Japan at Houston and the Alamo Draft House - West Oaks are working together to feature 'Gendai Japan: Two Films from Modern Day Japan" featuring "School Days with a Pig" and "Tokyo Sonata," two contemporary Japanese films each offering an unconventional view into modern Japanese society.
School Days with a Pig (6:30 PM) -- A new school teacher arrives at school with an interesting proposal: the class will raise a pig and at the end of the term they will eat it. The film follows the class as they come to know the pig, which they name P-chan, and struggle to come to terms with the animal's ultimate fate. This film screening will be the second exhibition in the US and perhaps your only chance to see this amazing film. Don't miss this special engagement!
Tokyo Sonata (8:30 PM) -- Winner of the 2008 Cannes Jury Prize, Sonata follows the devolution of a seemingly normal happy family of four as they begin to spiral out of control. Acclaimed for his thrillers and suspense films, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa confronts the dark side of human nature and the social problems of contemporary Japan.
A unique aspect of the Alamo Draft House is the opportunity to enjoy films while enjoying dinner at the same time. For this event, Alamo Draft House partners with Sushi Raku to bring in a special Japanese menu complimenting the evening's theme.
Both films are free, though seating is limited. Come for one film or come for both. To assure your seat, make your reservations early on the Alamo Draft House website. The five-dollar reservation deposit can be returned or exchanged for a five-dollar food voucher.