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Cinema underneath the stars

by Kai Harada

Staff Writer

Sometimes just looking at the ocean is enough to cool your body down on a hot summer night. Maybe that’s why this year’s Starlight Cinema event is taking on the theme: A Blue Oasis in the City.

The Starlight Cinema is in its 13th year and the blue oasis theme means movies featuring oceans, the sky and even the universe will be screened. This year, the event is being sponsored by Bacardi Japan and a Bombay Sapphire Blue Oasis Bar will open inside the Yebisu Garden Place venue.

All the movies will be screened on a 300-inch (762 cm) screen and 150 seats will be available. Seat tickets will be handed out inside the hall from 6:15 p.m. Tickets are free and anyone without one can still enjoy the event while standing. The screenings will take place every Saturday and Sunday from July 28 until Aug. 26 and one movie will be screened per day.

The design of the Oasis Bar is based on the color and bottle shape of Bombay Sapphire dry gin, and it will be open every day during the event.

The film festival will screen movies from Japan and abroad. The first flick will be “The Big Blue,” directed by French film director Luc Besson. Another offering is the nature documentary “Earth,” which took five years to film in more than 200 locations all over the world. “A Scene at the Sea,” a Japanese film directed by “Beat” Takeshi Kitano that explores how a deaf couple came together through surfing, will also be showing.

The Starlight Cinema 2012 takes place at Yebisu Garden Place in Tokyo from July 28 until Aug. 26 on weekends. Movie screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call (03) 5423-7111 or visit www.gardenplace.jp (Japanese only).