Interview: Seiji Tanaka & Yoji Minagawa of ‘Melancholic’ at Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema

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CAN’T STOP THE DANCING (Japan) – Suzuki Shizuka is an office lady at a large corporation who is treated by a hypnotist and left under the spell. Thereafter she cannot help but sing and dance whenever she hears any song or melody situationn. She tries to go back to the hypnotist for relief, but he is nowhere to be found. “A funny, fast-paced and deliriously joyful update of classic musicals featuring a delightful lead performance from Ayaka Miyoshi.” For details and tickets, click here. Thursday, September 26th, 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago.

APUC Season Nine Japan Week Features ‘Can’t Stop the Dancing’
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BENTO HARASSMENT (Japan) – Kaori is a single mother, raising her high school-age daughter Futaba. The daughter is in her rebellious phase and is simply ignoring the mother. Kaori decides to take measures to communicate with Futaba and also get some “revenge” … she begins to leave messages in her daughter’s bento meals. “Based on a real-life blog by a real-life Kaori, that rose to number one on the Ameba hosting site, the opening scenes of ‘Bento Harassment’ offer fresh twists on the perennial theme of inter-generational strife as well as on familiar foodie movie tropes.” For details and tickets, click here. Friday, September 27th, 7pm at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street, Chicago.

Season Nine of Asian Pop-Up Cinema continues with Japan Week, September 25th-27th, 2019. For a complete overview on Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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