- *This program has been fully booked.
- Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:00 pm
- Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
Artist: Regge Life (Director of Struggle and Success, Doubles, and Live Your Dream; 1990 US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow)
- Language: English (with Japanese subtitles)
- Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC)
- Admission: Free (reservations required)
Cocktail Party is inspired by Oshiro Tatsuhiro’s 1967 novel, the first Akutagawa-prize winner for an Okinawa writer. Regge Life gives a sensitive treatment of the complicated human relationships that entangle Americans, Japanese, and the Okinawa people. Life will participate in a post-screening talk.
In Cocktail Party, writer-director Regge Life takes on the controversial subject of the American military presence on Okinawa and renders it powerful and personal. The essence of effective historical drama is to translate large geopolitical abstractions into concrete human interactions—and that is exactly what Cocktail Party does. US-Japan relations, racial tensions, military presence in civil society, violence and rape, guilt and innocence, justice and injustice, truth and deception … all these forces come into play in this compelling new film.
—Peter Grilli, Japan Society of Boston
Cocktail Party features superb acting, an intriguing plot, and an informative portrayal of the social conditions on Okinawa that have complicated US and Japanese relations for decades. Scenes and conversations throughout the film are deeply personal, touching, and give the film an unusual strength that draws in the viewer. The impact is immediate and the questions raised are numerous.
—David Huebner, Education About Asia
Official Movie Site:www.cocktailpartythemovie.com