It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015


Newcastle upon Tyne


This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will provide an exciting programme of films under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’. Showcasing a vast variety of styles and tones, from popular contemporary films, classics through to animation, the programme will include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking the question, does it really only happen in the movies?

The season will be opening at the ICA, London on 30 January 2015 before touring to a further 10 venues nationwide (the largest number yet!) until late March 2015. We are delighted to announce that this year’s participating venues are:

We are delighted to announce that acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi will visit the UK as part of the season. Yaguchi is best known for his breakthrough hit Waterboys (2001), as well as directing many blockbuster films including Swing Girls! (2004), Happy Flight (2008) and Robo-G (2012). Yaguchi will be attending the screenings of his latest film Wood Job! (2014) at ICA, London, Watershed, Bristol, QUAD, Derby and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.


It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters (English – PDF)


This programme is organised and programmed by Junko Takekawa, Paul Graham (The Japan Foundation, London) and Mayu Honda (The Japan Foundation Head Office, Tokyo). Special thanks to Kyoko Hasegawa, Alex JacobyKiyomi Nakazaki and Jasper Sharp. Anime programme is devised with help from the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival in Wales.