Join us for a special and rare screening of the Japanese drama The Little House (小さいおうち), directed by Yoji Yamada, and based on the book of the same name by Kyoko Nakajima, who will be in attendance.
Set in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s, the story introduces Taki Nunomiya, an elderly woman and former housemaid, looking back on her golden years. The narrative that follows delivers striking stories of love and human connections during a time of war, spanning from Yamagata to Tokyo. The film stars Haru Kuroki, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in this film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with author Kyoko Nakajima.
This event is co-presented by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at the University of Toronto Libraries and The Japan Foundation, Toronto.
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Kyoko Nakajima was born in Tokyo in 1964. After working at a publishing firm and as a freelance writer, she made her debut as a novelist in 2003 with Futon. In 2010 her novel Chisai ouchi won the Naoki Prize. This was followed by the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Tsuma ga shiitake datta koro (When My Wife Was a Shiitake) in 2014 and the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award for Katazuno! (One-Horn!) in 2015. Her other works include Ito no koi (Ito’s Romance) and Chobo zekka (A Magnificent View). Supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.