About the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has organised a Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK. Each year, a programme of six to seven, largely contemporary, Japanese titles are put together under a carefully chosen theme to highlight trends in Japanese cinema and showcase the versatility and uniqueness displayed by Japanese filmmakers. The programme also showcases directors and works which, while being worthwhile, may have slipped under the radar of other film festivals or programmes.
Examples of programmes which have toured previously:

Comic Proportions: Japanese films adapted from Manga (2006)
A Life More Ordinary: A portrait of contemporary Japanese people on film (2008)
Reality Fiction: Japanese films inspired by actual events (2009)
Girls on Film: Females in contemporary Japanese cinema (2010)
Back to the Future: Japanese cinema since the mid-90s (2011)

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is one of only a few contemporary Japanese film programmes which tours beyond London to venues across the UK, presenting the best selection of Japanese cinema to regional audiences.

If you belong to an independent cinema and are interested in hosting the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme or if you would like to see the programme at a venue in your region in the future, please contact junko.takekawa@jpf.org.uk.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2004 and we strive to ensure that it continues to deliver a stimulating and inspiring programme whilst bringing some of the finest and most exciting Japanese cinema to the UK.