Cinema Clair, Okayama

I know, I know… I’m way behind schedule. It’s hard to drive a few hundred kilometers every day, running around to meet theater owners, media people and what have you… I feel like sleeping when I arrive in my room.

We were first in Okayama last May and then at the beginning of June, two weeks before the opening of “Looking For Anne” at the Cinema Clair.

Super clean and sober, the Cinema Clair differs in many ways from some other independent cinemas. The schedule allowed us only two screenings per day for only one week, but we did very well at the end of June. I shot a short video of the place during the first visit.

Hamada San, the owner of the Cinema Clair, took us to the famous and impressive Korakuen Park, a National Treasure. Here are some pictures of the remarkable place definitely worth to visit, even if like me, you are not the tourist spot type.
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The Cove, Forum Cinema in Sendai, Japan

For several weeks now, some anonymous right wing groups have threatened movie theater owners who planned to open the movie “The Cove”. Nothing was ever clearly formulated, but they didn’t want them to play this movie that apparently spread some lies about Japan.

Mr. Nagasawa, the founder and owner of the Forum Network in Japan, thought that in a democratic society like Japan, everybody should be entitled to his or her opinion and I agree with him. Unlike some other theaters that cancelled their opening of the film, he decided to play it in some of his theaters. In order not to make any provocation, I guess, there were no posters of the movie anywhere, neither outside nor inside the theater, not even a flyer, a picture or even the title. Provocation seldom serves any purpose, at least any peaceful ones…

I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that there were a few undercover policemen in the theater, for security reason, I would guess. I had no information to that effect, but I seem to have an eye for this type. I thought of making a short video on the event…

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