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CineCulture & Filmworks: I Wish & Chinatown

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:12 am
by mhusain
CineCulture, together with Filmworks, presents: I Wish & Chinatown

Screenings August 10 & 12: TOWER THEATER, 815 E. OLIVE AVENUE, FRESNO

I Wish: August 10, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
This Japanese family drama is hailed by The Guardian as “a gem of world cinema by a gifted master of the craft.” Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, the film tells the story of 12-year-old Koichi, who lives with his mother and retired grandparents in southern Japan. His younger brother, Ryunosuke, lives with their father in the north. The brothers have been separated by the divorce of their parents, and Koichi’s only wish is for the family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains pass each other at top speed. Critic Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post says: “The original Japanese title of ‘I Wish’ translates literally as ‘miracle.’ … It’s about the wonders of everyday life and of childhood imagination.” In Japanese, with English subtitles. 128 minutes, rated PG

Tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors.

Chinatown: August 12, 3 p.m.

The 1974 crime drama was directed by Roman Polanski. The movie, set in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Los Angeles, set a high-water mark in film noir, and it holds the No.2 position in the American Film Institute’s list of all-time best mystery films. At the request of a beautiful bombshell, a private eye becomes entangled in a complex scandal of greed, depravity, and corruption surrounding Southern California’s water wars. The film is credited with raising the profile of the historical land disputes over water rights that led to Los Angeles drawing water from the Owens Valley, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. The film earned 11 Academy Award nominations, and it won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for writer Robert Towne. 130 minutes, rated R

Tickets cost $5 general admission.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. For more information:
Fresno Filmworks:
MCJ Department:

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).

For further information about CineCulture contact:
Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at
Narek Avetisyan at avetisyan1@mail.fresnostate.ed