The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (JFTFP24), returns with its biggest showcase ever!

Starting off on 2 February, the programme visits 30 cities in the UK, including Oxford, Lancaster, Chichester, Liverpool and as far as Orkney, as new stopovers!


Memories play a powerful role in the mind. Shaped fluidly by individuals or time, they have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. The JFTFP24 delves into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from films where memories are a focal point to works where they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour.

With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.


Featuring guest appearances at select screenings from MAEDA Tetsu, director of Do Unto Others, CHIHARA Tetsuya, director of Ice Cream Fever, and Serena Motola, featured in Ice Cream Fever and Voices in the Wind.

For more information about these Q&A sessions, please see our News page.


The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 has been programmed and produced by TAKEKAWA Junko (The Japan Foundation London) with assistance from IIDA Emi (The Japan Foundation London) and Emily HORST (The Japan Foundation London), together with YOSHIDA Takeshi (The Japan Foundation Tokyo) and all those from the venue partners!

Programming has been advised by NAKAZAKI Kiyomi, SEKIGUCHI Satoko and Dr Alexander JACOBY (Classics).