The film series curated by Hind Mezaina accompanying the exhibition Japanese Connections will feature five films that look at Japanese influence in film.

The series begins with Ascent by Fiona Tan, an artist working primarily with film and photography. Her film is made entirely of still images with one thing in common, Mount Fuji - a look at photography and its relationship to film and an exploration into the crossover zone positioned between fiction and documentary. From images of Mount Fuji, we go back to the old American west with The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960), the well known classic film based on one of the most iconic Japanese films of all time, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa from 1954.

Anime and its influences are presented with the screenings of Emara, a new animated Arabic mini series from Fatima Almheiri made in the UAE and a double bill of Disney's Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams, 2014) set in San Fransokyo and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013), an animation from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli.

Films Screenings

Ascent
Director: Fiona Tan
Sat 13 Oct 2018 | 5pm
2016 | English & Japanese | Art Film | 80 mins | 15+

Using dazzling images of Mount Fuji from across the history of photography, the mountain inspires the artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan on both a philosophical and romantic journey. 
This art film project is in essence a film made entirely with stills, using dazzling images of Mount Fuji from across the history of photography. Ascent is a filmic experiment balancing delicately between documentary and fiction. As the narrative unfolds unexpected and surprising paths are explored. 
Together with the two protagonists the viewer climbs Mount Fuji across geographical, temporal and cultural divides. The woodblock prints of Hokusai are considered, but also paintings by Van Gogh, philosophical views stemming from Asian philosophy, mankind’s connection to landscape, Mount Fuji’s religious significance, recent Japanese history. 
But central throughout is a questioning about the nature of photography and how it is possible to create cinema using only the minimum of means.

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The Magnificent Seven
Director: John Sturges
Sat 20 Oct 2018 | 5pm
1960 | English | Western | 126 min | 15+

The Magnificent Seven is an Old West–style remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Yul Brynner plays Chris, a mercenary hired to protect a Mexican farming village from its annual invasion by bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach). As Elmer Bernstein's unforgettable theme music (later immortalized as the "Marlboro Man" leitmotif) blasts away in the background, Chris rounds up six fellow soldiers of fortune to help him form a united front against the bandits. The remaining "magnificent six" are played by Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, and Brad Dexter. Though jam-packed with action, William Roberts's screenplay pauses long enough to flesh out each of its characters, allowing the audience to pick their own favorites.

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Anime Films

Emara
Followed by a discussion with Hind Mezaina
Director: Fatima Al Muhairi
Fri 26 Oct 2018 | 2pm
2018 | Arabic (English subtitles) Animation, Action | 50 min | PG13

Emara is a web video series featuring the titular superheroine fighting crime in the UAE. Produced by Eating Stars Studios and directed by Fatma Almheiri. By day, Moza is a teenage girl helping her mother run a tea shop, prone to spilling orders when things get too hectic and with little patience for rude customers. But after that, she is Emara—a cape-wearing superhero who jets around the city, fighting criminals with her Arm Cannons. She's wildly popular with the citizens, viewed with skepticism by the authorities, and when the series starts she's already annoyed enough bad guys that one has offered a substantial bounty on her head. But just as she's about to be captured, a boy with rocket-powered legs and going by the name Dhabian breaks her out, and she lives to fly another day. Emara starts to investigate the origin of the bounty, while Dhabian—whose real name is Sultan—tries to win her trust for the sake of his bosses, Men in Black led by a mysterious woman named Zeina. It becomes clear that Emara's enemy is no petty criminal with a grudge but someone far more powerful, and Zeina's interest in her may not be benevolent.

The screening will include all current five episodes of the web series followed by a post screening discussion.

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Big Hero 6
Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Sat 27 Oct 2018 | 3pm
2014 | English | Animation, Adventure | 102 min | PG13

An action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller).
Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya 
Director: Isao Takahata
Sat 27 Oct 2018 | 6pm
2015 | English | Animation, Drama | 137 min | PG13

A bamboo cutter (voice of Takeo Chii) finds a miniature girl and takes her home to his wife so they can bring her up as their own daughter. The girl grows unusually fast and, believing her to be a princess, the bamboo cutter uses gold he discovers to treat her like royalty, relocating his family from the mountains to a mansion in the capital city. Before long, the girl, who has been named Princess Kaguya by a royal priest, finds herself attracting the attention of a number of suitors but she isn't interested and wishes she was back in the mountains with her friend Sutemaru. Despite her unhappiness, she doesn't want to return to the life she had before she was taken in by the bamboo cutter. However, she comes to realise she may not have a choice...

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Film Rating Guide

In accordance with UAE National Media Council:

PG13: Some content may not be appropriate for children aged 13 years and below, booking should be at the discretion of guardians and parents. Customer may be aged 13 years and under provided he/she is accompanied by someone aged 13 years old or older.

15+: No persons under 15 years of age will be admitted. No infants allowed.

Big Hero 6 and The Tale of Princess Kaguya have been officially rated by the UAE rating agency, NMC. Louvre Abu Dhabi has provided its recommended rating for Emara, Ascent and The Magnificent Seven based on its assessment of the film’s content and themes. Ratings are for customer guidance only and Louvre Abu Dhabi accepts no liability for their accuracy.

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