Naka-Kon is once again proud to bring you a wide variety of anime — and this year we’re offering you an entire screening room of live-action Japanese films as well! Some of our anime showings are 18+ and will require you to show a valid photo ID at the door. Don’t forget to pick up a showing schedule along with your programming schedule in Registration (Exhibit Hall A).
Check back later for a listing of titles and descriptions!
Anime Screening Rooms
Hawthorne 1 and 2 on the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel will be showing your favorite new and classic anime round the clock, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and running until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by to catch some of your favorites or discover something new!
We’re also excited to add a giant screening area in the courtyard between the hotel and convention center. Grab a chair or a blanket and watch some anime in the fresh air! We’ll also be broadcasting some of our programming from Ballroom A/B on the big screen!
HOURS & LOCATIONS
Hawthorne 1 & 2
24 hours during convention: Friday, 2 p.m.-Sunday, 6 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Naka-Kon 2017 Live-Action Screening Films: Description and Showtimes
This year Naka-Kon has expanded its screening options. Head over to the Cedar/Dogwood Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn for live-action Japanese films. We’ve selected a variety of films that represent various genres and time periods in Japanese cinema. Bonus: all of the films selected can be found at the local libraries in the Greater Kansas City area, free to library patrons! Stop by each day to enter the daily draw for our Naka-Kon Movie Package!
HOURS & LOCATION
Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar/Dogwood rooms
6:15 PM Japanese American Incarceration, 1942-1945 (English)
7:15 PM Rhapsody in August (Japanese)
9:00 PM Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown (English)
10:00 PM Gojira (Japanese)
11:45 PM Ghidorah (English)
9:00 AM Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Japanese)
10:30 AM The Great Yokai War (English)
12:45 PM Our Little Sister (Japanese)
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM A Taste of Tea (Japanese)
5:45 PM Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (Japanese)
8:15 PM Twilight Samurai (Japanese)
10:30 PM Yo-Yo Cop Girl (English)
12:15 AM Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (English)
9:00 AM Tokyo Story (Japanese)
11:45 AM Japanese American Incarceration, 1942-1945 (English)
12:45 PM Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Japanese)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦 San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, lit. Three Giant Monsters: The Greatest Battle on Earth) is a 1964 Japanese science-fiction kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda, and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. The film starred Yosuke Natsuki, Hiroshi Koizumi, and Akiko Wakabayashi. It is the fifth film in the Godzilla series. Time-travelers' efforts to prevent a dinosaur's mutation result in the creation of a three-headed dragon that terrorizes Japan.
Friday 11:45 pm, English
Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira) is a 1954 Japanese science fiction tokusatsu kaiju film featuring Godzilla. It is the first film in the Godzilla franchise and the first film in the Showa series. The film is directed by Ishirō Honda, with a screenplay by Honda, Takeo Murata, and Shigeru Kayama and stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, with Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka as the performers for Godzilla. American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Friday 10:00 pm, Subtitled
The Great Yokai War
The Great Yokai War (妖怪大戦争 Yōkai Daisensō) is a 2005 Japanese fantasy children's film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boy is chosen as the defender of good and must team up with Japan's ancient spirits and creatures of lore to destroy the forces of evil.
Friday 4:00 pm, Subtitled
Saturday 10:30 am, English
Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. This is their story, with rare footage from inside the plant and eyewitness testimony from the people on the frontlines.
Friday 9:00 pm, English
Japanese American Incarceration 1942 - 1945
The National Park Service tells the story of a very bleak chapter in American history. In 1942, in reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Japanese Americans and legal immigrants were unjustly imprisoned in these concentration camps until the end of WWII.
Decades later, having determined the government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership, the government attempted to correct this violation of human rights by offering apologies and reparations to the survivors. The National Park Service has preserved several camp locations as a reminder to this and future generations of the fragility of American civil liberties.
Friday 6:15 pm, English
Sunday 11:45 am English
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Saturday 9:00 am, Subtitled
Sunday 12:45 pm, Subtitled
Our Little Sister
Our Little Sister (Japanese: 海街diary Hepburn: Umimachi Diary, literally. "Seaside town diary") is a 2015 Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose. It tells the story of three sisters in their 20s who live together in Kamakura, and are joined by their 14-year-old half sister after their father dies. The film is based on the manga series Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida.
Saturday 12:45 pm, Subtitled
Rhapsody in August
Rhapsody in August (八月の狂詩曲 Hachigatsu no rapusodī (Hachigatsu no kyōshikyoku) is a 1991 Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him before he dies.
Friday 7:15 pm, Subtitled
Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins
Rurouni Kenshin (Japanese: るろうに剣心 Hepburn: Rurōni Kenshin) is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Directed by Keishi Ōtomo, the film stars Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei. The film focuses on fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin HitokiriBattōsai. After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
Saturday 5:45 pm, Subtitled
Sunday 12:15 am, English
The Taste of Tea
The Taste of Tea (茶の味 Cha no Aji) is the third film by Japanese writer and director Katsuhito Ishii. The film is concerned with the lives of the Haruno family, who live in rural Tochigi Prefecture, the countryside north of Tokyo. Nobuo is a hypnotherapist. He teaches his son, Hajime, Go. Hajime becomes an excellent Go player, but he has a rough time with girls and puberty. Yoshiko refuses to be an average housewife and works on animated film projects at home. She uses assistance from grandfather Akira, an eccentric old man who is a former animator and occasional model.
Eight-year-old Sachiko periodically sees a silent, giant-size double of herself which mimics or benignly watches her. She contemplates ways to rid herself of it. Uncle Ayano is a sound engineer and record producer who comes to stay for a visit. He engages in inward reflection, seeks closure regarding an old relationship, and recounts a childhood experience — a tale that influences Sachiko and ties into later events.
Saturday 3:15 pm, Subtitled
Tokyo Story (東京物語 Tōkyō Monogatari) is a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their children, who are too busy to pay them much attention, and their widowed daughter-in-law, who treats them with kindness.
Sunday 9:00 am, Subtitled
Tasogare Seibei (たそがれ清兵衛, literally "Twilight Seibei"), also known as The Twilight Samurai, is a 2002 Japanese historical drama film co-written and directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa. Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, it follows the life of Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat. Poor, but not destitute, he still manages to lead a content and happy life with his daughters and his mother who has dementia. Through an unfortunate turn of events, the turbulent times conspire against him.
Saturday 8:15 pm, Subtitled
Yo-Yo Girl Cop
Yo-Yo Girl Cop, known in Japan as Sukeban Deka: Code Name = Saki Asamiya (Japanese: スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ Hepburn: Sukeban Deka: Kōdo Nēmu = Asamiya Saki) is a 2006 Japanese live-action feature film, the third to be based on the manga Sukeban Deka, directed by Kenta Fukasaku.
The film stars Aya Matsuura in the lead role of Saki Asamiya and Rika Ishikawa as her rival, Reika Akiyama. Recruited by a clandestine police organization, "K" must stop a plot by student radicals to create anarchy in Japan. Armed with a hi-tech steel yo-yo, and a new name (Asamiya Saki), she must infiltrate an elite high school to find the terrorists but finds an even more sinister plan is about to unfold.
Saturday 10:30 pm, English