I was recently sent word of the following FILMeX produced film event, which I wrote about on Gridskipper yesterday:

Following yesterday’s film festival posts, here’s something you might want to check out if in Tokyo this month. The FILMeX group will organize a three-day film screening (June 24-26) at the Japan Foundation Forum in Akasaka. Under the title “Flashback/Flashforward: Staging the Past,” they will mostly focus on classics, like Akira Kurosawa’s No Regrets for Our Youth, but there’s also a fairly recent entry with Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon, with the director also set to participate in a roundtable discussion (full listing here). What makes this such a special event is the fact that all the prints are to be screened with English subtitles, something that is unfortunately oh-so-rare here. And the ticket prices come in at a very friendly (for Tokyo) 600 yen. Expect to see me there!

As for the planned special events, one is a lecture by Rey Chow about the Kurosawa’s work (after the screening his film), and a roundtable discussion with Mamoru Oshii, Toshiya Ueno, and Thomas Lamarre. Kudos to FILMeX for putting this together!