|| THE JAPANESE WIFE
Brought to you in North America by Databazaar Media Ventures
Directed by APARNA SEN
India, 2009, 105 min, NY Premiere
English, Bengali, and Japanese (with English subtitles)
Saturday, November 13 @ 6:00 PM @ SVA Beatrice Theatre
Cast : Rahul Bose, RaimaSen, ChigasuTakaku, MousumiChatterjee, RudranilGhosh
A delicate – and improbable love story about three gentle and shy souls. Snehamoy, a school teacher in the beautiful Sunderbans, writes letters to Miyage, a sweet shy Japanese girl in Yokohama. Over these letters, they fall in love and get married despite having never met. Sandhya, a widow, takes refuge in Snehamoy’s home and is soon always by his side, bringing a piquant twist to this home in the Sunderbans, and the love between Snehamoy and Miyage. Will Sandhya find her solace with Snehamoy? Or will life finally unite Snehamoy and Miyage?
Director Aparna Sen:
Aparna Sen is a critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker, writer, and actress. She has won three National Film Awards and eight international Festival Awards. Sen made her debut as a film director with 36 Chowringhee Lane – a film about an aged Anglo-Indian teacher living in Calcutta. She has made films such as Paroma (1981), Sati (1989)mYugant (1995) which examined the feminine condition in modern-day India. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002) was a love story set against the harsh backdrop of Hindu-Muslim communal violence in India, and won National Awards for Both Sen and her daughter KonkonaSen Sharma. AparnaSen is a resident of Kolkata, India.
With over 40 films to his credit, Rahul Bose has been called the ‘the superstar of Indian art house cinema’ by ‘Time’ magazine, and ‘the Sean Penn of Oriental cinema’ by ‘Maxim’ (Italy). As is widely known now, Rahul's social concerns occupy an equally important space in his consciousness. 2007 was a seminal year in his efforts at public service and philanthropy when he started his own non-profit organization, The Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the removal of discrimination from all walks of life. For Rahul perhaps his proudest achievement has been the fact that he has been a member of the Indian rugby team from 1998-2008, playing 17 internationals for the country against countries like Kazakhstan, Thailand, China and Japan. Rahul continues to write prolifically on issue ranging from gender equality to the future of Indian cinema. His many articles straddling sport, humour, non-profit and cinema may be found with a simple Google search. A lifelong resident of Bombay, Rahul currently leads the quintessential peripatetic life with punctuated retreats to his mountain home in Kasauli.