All community members are invited to the NW Film Center's Japanese Currents series beginning December 4. The annual sampling of the fascinating films coming out of Japan's vibrant film culture includes a full range from commercial box-office hits to cutting-edge independent work and anime shorts. Alongside the films of such internationally heralded directors as Hirokazu Koreeda, Takeshi Kitano, and Yôji Yamada are works by emerging talents. The selection includes short films from the Sapporo Film Festival, presented in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association. See http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/22/211 for dates, times & film summaries.