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May 6–12, 2016

June Bride: Redemption of a Yakuza

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Film still: June Bride: Redemption of a Yakuza


Chicago Premiere

The June Bride is not your ordinary bar and former Yakuza mobster Tatsuya Shindo is about the furthest thing from your ordinary pastor. After Shindo falls into a life of crime and repeated imprisonment, he finds that religion is his ultimate ticket to redemption. After Shindo cuts off his pinkie finger to appease his former Yakuza boss, he finalizes his transformation into Pastor Shindo. What was once a bar full of smoke is now a spiritual shelter for people who are looking for possibilities to improve or start over. Shindo narrates his new life, recalling the beginning of his Yakuza career at the age of eighteen, and now facing many difficulties in gaining church members, with only twenty members joining over four long years. Hanging on Shindo's every word is his loyal congregation, an eclectic mix of tattooed ex-convicts and wayward souls. How did they come to terms with a dishonorable past while attempting to embracing a new and unknown future?

Set to a hypnotic score by Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), June Bride: Redemption of a Yakuza poses the question, can a former criminal effectively preach the word of God and is leaving one of the most notorious crime syndicates in the world going to be that easy in this criminally inspirational story?

Directed by Derek Shimoda, 2015, U.S.A./Japan, 80 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Fri., May 6 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat., May 7 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., May 8 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 9–12 at 7:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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