The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

18 July to 18 July 2016

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

A Silent Voice

聲の形 (Koe no katachi)

London Premiere

Shoko, a young Deaf student, transfers to a new school where she is bullied by Shoya for her hearing impairment. While Shoya originally leads the class in bullying Shoko, the class soon turn on him for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again, but Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins – but is it already too late?

Based on a popular manga comic focusing on the consequences of bullying from both the perspective of the victim and the perpetrator, this beautifully animated film is directed by one of the most sought after anime directors in Japan, Naoko Yamada, best known for K-On, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.

大今良時の人気漫画の劇場アニメーション版。聴覚障害があるゆえに、いじめの経験を持つ女子高生の硝子と、小学校のときに彼女をいじめたことが原因で、逆にクラス中から仲間はずれにされた男子高生の将也。硝子の転校以来、2人は会うことはなかったが、将也は硝子に会ってきちんと謝りたいと考え、彼女を探していた。いじめの被害者、加害者双方の視点を描く。

監督: 山田尚子
声の出演: 入野自由、早見沙織、悠木碧

Distributor: All the Anime

Director: Naoko Yamada
With the voices of Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Koichi Yamadera
2016, 129min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
5 February 2017

Showroom Cinema
11 February 2017

QUAD
12 February 2017

Watershed
13 February 2017

Macrobert Arts Centre
19 February 2017

HOME
26 February 2017

Dundee Contemporary Arts
26 February 2017

Exeter Phoenix
1 March 2017

Phoenix
4 March 2017

mac birmingham
11 March 2017

Brewery Arts Centre
11 March 2017

Broadway
18 March 2017

Queen's Film Theatre
26 March 2017