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Happy Hour [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Happy Hour [In-Person Only]
Sat Apr 16: 4.00pm PDT
Sun Apr 17: 12.00pm PDT

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. To be admitted, patrons ages 5+ will also be required to present either proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

Rysuke Hamaguchi
5h 17m
Series - A Re-introduction to Ryusuke Hamaguchi

** The longest Japanese film ever made! A ticket for either date will grant the bearer drop-in-drop-out access; you can start the film one day and complete it the next, if you need to. **
One womans divorce provokes a seismic shift among four girlfriends in Rysuke Hamaguchis intimate epic. Akari, Jun, Sakurako and Fumi are close friends living in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japan, who believe that they can confide in each other about anything. One afternoon, Fumi invites them all to a workshop taking place at her company, and in this set piece, Happy Hour starts to turn into something quite unexpected.

Running over five hours, the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a careful strategy  to show what other films leave out, to create a space for everyday moments that is nonetheless charged with possibility, and to yield an emotional density rarely available to a feature-length movie. Developed through workshops with a cast of mostly newcomers (the lead quartet shared the Best Actress award at the Locarno Film Festival), and filled with absorbing sequences that flow almost in real time, Happy Hour comes to life through novelistic depth and texture.

(Rysuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2015, 317 min, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Happy Hour, a work of distinctly modern cinema, reaches deep into the classic traditions of melodrama  along with its coincidences and its violent contrasts  to revive a latent power for grand-scale observation through painfully close contact with the agonizing intimacies of contemporary life.  Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Long workshops and rehearsals prior to shooting enabled the actresses, all making their big-screen debuts, to seem like people who have genuinely known each other for a long time. Thats already a huge achievement. That Hamaguchi then pushes that group portrait into unexpected, strange terrain makes for a bracing, adventurous experience.   Vadim Rizov, The AV Club


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Cara Mia Harris at caramia@nwfilmforum.org

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