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What Lies Beneath: The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema

4 February to 31 March 2022

Aberdeen
Aberystwyth
Belfast
Bristol
Cambridge
Cardiff
Chester
Colchester
Coventry
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leeds
Leicester
Lewes
London
Manchester
Newcastle upon Tyne
Norwich
Nottingham
Plymouth
Sheffield
Stirling
York

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind.

So, what constitutes an unfathomable ‘dark mind’ lurking beneath the surface in modern age Japan? Would the definition of it now be more diverse when the society we are living in is more complicated than before? Does such a psychological state add to an interesting cinematic story?

From recently released contemporary works, to anime and rare classics, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 aims to answer these questions and demonstrate how films, seemingly different in tone and style, have the same facet running through them and that all ultimately deal in human darkness. From crime films to charming dramas, presenting an assortment of stories about people from different walks of life, this programme will showcase the cinematic voices and skills of both experienced and emerging filmmakers and aims to cater to the varied tastes of the UK audiences.