This is My Place
Carving out a sense of existence and belonging in Japanese Cinema
(Online Special - Free to view)
19 February to 10 March 2021
After 34 screenings, 18 titles, 7 virtual talks welcoming directors of various films in the line-up, and thousands of viewers across the UK, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special has now concluded.
Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in, signed up for and viewed our special edition online screenings, as well as to those who attended one of our online events!
We hope to have your continuing support and see you at our next year’s edition of the programme.
To read our wrap report on the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special, please click here.
Ticket Booking: onlinecinema.jpf-film.org.uk open from 9 February 2021!
Screenings will be available for a 48 hour or a 72 hour rental period from a specified starting time and date. You will need to start viewing within the designated rental period.
Please note that once you start watching a film, you will need to finish watching it within 4 hours (playback window), otherwise your ticket will expire and you will need to sign up again.
Films may not be viewed using the Chrome browser. We recommend viewing on the Safari Browser for Mac OS or Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 (version 1903 or later).
For the full screening schedule, please see: JFTFP21 Screening Schedule
For the first time ever, UK’s largest festival dedicated to Japanese cinema – the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme – goes online in this special edition, offering screenings nationwide which will be free for this season.
Everybody wants to be part of something, no matter what you do or who you are. The sense of acceptance and connection is a powerful emotion felt by humankind which can provide security as well as comfort, yet in the modern world where our way of living has become diverse and more complicated than ever, establishing a solid grounding and a sense of belonging can be difficult to attain. Every so often the world we thought we belonged collapses or reveals itself to be a mirage, to be replaced by an altogether different reality. Simply put, we can find ourselves in captivating yet uncertain environments. But what is it that people mean when they say ‘my place’; when they refer to their sense of existence and belonging?
With this question in mind, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 has curated 18 Japanese titles which attempt to tackle these topics in different landscapes.
Mrs Noisy, directed by emerging female creator, AMANO Chihiro, is a light comedy which revolves around a dispute between neighbours with the noise of “futon bashing” serving as a catalyst – a setting truly unique to Japanese culture. Focusing on a family of offenders, A Girl Missing is a powerful example of how Japanese societal conformity can be a detrimental influence upon the life of individuals. There is also Labyrinth of Cinema, the final work of the great master OBAYASHI Nobuhiko produced before his untimely death, where he questions the position of humankind, reminding us that there is no place for glorifying war.
From comedies to crime themes, period dramas to films centring on LGBT issues, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 will explore the universal and perpetual issues existing in society, with an assortment of narratives shedding light on people from different walks of life. The programme showcases voices belonging to a diverse group of filmmakers, including internationally recognised directors as well as emerging talent, all representing different styles and forms.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will offer something for everyone, wherever you may be in the UK.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Online Special has been programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa with assistance and coordination of Darian De La Cruz (both Japan Foundation, London). Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki and all who have been involved in this programme in various ways.
Stay tuned for more details being released in the upcoming weeks –
ticket releases, special content and more!