Director Yuichi Sato

Director Yuichi Sato



The Closing Night Film + After Party

Join us for the U.S. Premiere of POISON BERRY IN MY BRAIN

With Director Yuichi Satoh in person!

Starring: Yuki Furukawa, Yoko Maki and Hidetoshi Nishijima

Japan, 2015, 121 min, Japanese w/subtitles, DCP

Friday, December 4, 7 PM, The Wilmette Theatre

Tickets:  $30 (Film + Party)


(Red Carpet:  6:30 PM | Film Screening:  7 PM | Q/A: 9:15 PM |

After Party:  9:45 PM - 10:45 PM)

Synopsis: Based on a manga of the same title illustrated by Setona Mizushiro, it is about a 30-year-old unemployed woman, Ichiko’s love life. She meets Ryoichi at a drinking establishment. Even though he is a lot younger than her, she can't forget him. Meanwhile, similar to the current Pixar hit, INSIDE OUT, Ichiko has 5 different characters in her brain that governs her actions:  "Yoshida" presides over the meeting as the chairman; "Ishibashi" is the optimist; "Ikeda" is the pessimist; "Hatoko" is the character that lives in the moment;  and "Kishi" thinks about the past.

Please watch the trailer here!

Post-screening Q/A with director Sato will be moderated by Columbia College Chicago Japanese Cinema professor, Ron Falzone.

Immediately following will be a festive after party at the theatre as we are wrapping up the inaugural season including a sneak peek of Asian Pop-Up Cinema Spring 2016 line up.  Fresh sushi rolls prepared by 153 Akira, seasonal treats with complimentary wine & beer will be served.  

Tickets are: $30 (Film + Party) 

Dress Code:  Creative Smart

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Hong Kong Night Reception

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

In recognition of the award-winning directors -- Ann Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE 桃姐) and Pang Ho-cheung (WOMEN WHO FLIRT 撒娇女人最好命, Opening Night film) -- and internationally acclaimed actors -- Deanie Ip (A SIMPE LIFE) and Andy Lau (LOST AND LOVE 失孤 and A SIMPLE LIFE) -- for their works presented at the 1st Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a Hong Kong Night reception will be co-hosted by the Board of Directors of SOPHIA’S CHOICE and the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York. The festive reception will offer specialty drinks inspired by Hong Kong landmarks, and Hong Kong cuisine specially prepared by Chicago’s own celebrity chef Tony Hu at Lao Sze Chuan (520 North Michigan Avenue).   

Net proceeds of this event will benefit Asian Pop-Up Cinema for its endeavor of connecting the East with the West via films.  

7:30 PM, at AMC River East 21

Immediately following the reception will be the presentation of the Opening Night Film: WOMEN WHO FLIRT, directed by Pang Ho-cheung, starring superstars  Zhou Xun, Huang Xiao-ming and Sonia Sui from mainland China and Taiwan. More info about the film and view the trailer, please click here.

Ticket price for both Reception and preferred film ticket + 1 Raffle ticket (all included): $65.  

Grand Prize Raffle:  A pair of Round Trip Premium Economy Class tickets to Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific.  
Additional raffle tickets are available for sale at $20 at the Reception and/or before the screening at the Theatre.  Drawing will take place at the Theatre right before the screening.  Winner must be present to accept the prize.  

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PARKING SUGGESTION:  240 E Illinois, City Front Plaza at Evening Special $14.00 (In by 4 PM, out by 4 AM, Mon-Fri).  

DRESS CODE:  Business Smart.