World Cinema
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Harmony
Japan, 2016, 120 min., Color, Japanese (with English subtitles)
In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health and societal harmony, three high school girls, led by the defiant Miach Mihie, attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. One of the girls, Tuan Kirie, survives but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.

Thirteen years later, in an effort to escape the oppressive Utopia, she takes a job that sends her to the front lines of an active warzone. But when a terrorist group with a familiar message attacks Japan, Tuan suspects her supposedly dead friend Miach must be involved somehow. Desperate for answers, Tuan returns home hoping to find Miach and help her save the world from the suffocating monotony of peace.
Screenings
Director
Takashi Nakamura, Michael Arias
Screenwriter
Koji Yamamoto
Producer
Yoko Matsuzaki, Koji Yamamoto, Eiko Tanaka, Noriko Ozaki, Takashi Yoshizawa

Director Bio
Takashi Nakamura is a director, animator and founding member of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) labor group. He has worked as a director and animator on television series including The Adventures of Peter Pan and Fantastic Children. His film work includes CATNAPPED! THE MOVIE (1995) and A TREE OF PALME (2002). HARMONY is his latest feature.

Michael Arias has had a colorful filmmaking career, spanning the worlds of VFX, animation, and traditional storytelling. After a young start on effects-heavy films such as THE ABYSS and TOTAL RECALL, and with directors as diverse as Spike Lee and the Coen Brothers, he relocated to Japan, where he produced the popular MATRIX spin-off THE ANIMATRIX. In 2006 Michael directed the award-winning anime TEKKONKINKREET and then the live-actioner HEAVEN’S DOOR, and he continues to split his time between animation and live-action filmmaking. His latest is the dark sci-fi anime HARMONY.
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