The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema

5 February to 26 March 2016

Aberystwyth
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield

We are very excited to announce that Yuki Tanada, the acclaimed director behind the 2012 film The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, will be our special guest for this year’s programme! She will be attending the following screenings:

ICA, London (6 and 9 February),
Watershed, Bristol (8 February),
Phoenix, Leicester (11 February)
QUAD, Derby (12 February)

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Japan’s most exciting filmmakers working today! For more information, please click here.

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Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1952 film Ikiru (“To Live”), the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 will provide an exciting collection of films looking at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people’s lives, and how people across the ages persevere, negotiate and reconcile with the environment and situation they live in. This year’s programme is the largest yet and will feature a mixture of classics, animation and contemporary films, catering for all audiences’ tastes!

The season will open at the ICA, London on Friday, 5 February 2016 before touring to a further 12 venues until late March 2016.

This programme is organised and programmed by Junko TakekawaPaul Graham, Kate Roy (The Japan Foundation, London) and Yuri Kubota (The Japan Foundation Head Office, Tokyo). Special thanks to Kyoko HasegawaAlex JacobyKiyomi Nakazaki and Jasper Sharp.

Japanese language synopses provided by Eikoku News Digest