It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015



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 11 venues nationwide (the largest number yet!) until late March 2015. We are delighted to announce that this year’s participating venues are:

ICA, London
Watershed, Bristol
Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Belfast
QUAD, Derby
mac birmingham, Birmingham
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
- Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

Specific information of each cinema’s lineup, screening dates and times will be added to this website shortly, so please keep checking back. We look forward to see you all at the programme soon!