Free Film Night: ‘The Woodsman and the Rain’ Friday 31st July 2015, 8pm – Bar food and drinks are available from 6:30pm
An award-winning comedy starring Koji Yakusho (Eel, 13 Assassins) and Shun Oguri (Gaku, Crows Zero). Katsu, a 60 year-old lumberjack, lives in a small, tranquil village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and is increasing frustrated by the pushy crew, especially the young, seemingly spineless director Koichi. However, an improbable friendship soon develops between Katsu and Koichi, as Katsu comes to see joy in the filmmaking process, and gradually helps Koichi to recover his sense of self. Soon, their bond inspires an unusual collaboration between the villagers and the film crew. Special Jury Prize–Tokyo International Film Festival.
Japan. 2011. 129 min., 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shuichi Okita. With Koji Yakuso, Shun Oguri, Tsutomu Yamazaki.
Note from Editor: Read our review of The Woodsman & the Rain here. A thoroughly enjoyable film full of surreal moments and quiet humour.