THEATER 2 Fri, Jun 14 8:00 PM
THEATER 2 Sat, Jun 15 5:15 PM
THEATER 2 Sun, Jun 16 2:45 PM
THEATER 2 Mon, Jun 17 6:00 PM
THEATER 2 Tue, Jun 18 6:00 PM
THEATER 2 Thu, Jun 20 8:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1989
Production Country:Japan
Original Language:Japanese
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nobuhiko Obayashi
Masako Motai
Yasufumi Hayashi
Haruhiko Saitô
Takashi Sasano
Screenwriter:Yoshihiro Ishimatsu


In this lesser-seen, gentle masterwork from director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi (HOUSE), Shunzo runs a popular grocery store on the outskirts of Tokyo. When the struggling Chinese exchange student Lee visits the shop, but cannot afford to purchase anything, Shunzo is empathetic and a relationship between the two begins. A subtle and delicate chronicle of the end of an era marked by the Japanese economic bubble bursting, BEIJING WATERMELON is Ôbayashi at his most modern, while his experimental flourishes invite viewers to fill in the blanks of history. Restoration commissioned by Shochiku from a 4K scan of the 35mm negatives, scanned at IMAGICA Lab Inc. in 2021 on a Lasergraphics Scanstation. Film Center exclusive.