The University of Iowa

Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema

October 14th, 2011

This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen

“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the University of Iowa, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

A display of award-winning furoshiki designs will be featured at each screening as well. The Japan Foundation’s annual furoshiki design contest for college students serves as an opportunity for people overseas to learn about furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used as gift wrapping, a shopping bag, and décor, among many other uses.

This series is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian Pacific Studies, the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, UI International Programs and the Japan Foundation.

For more information contact Yume Hidaka, UI’s Japanese outreach coordinator, at