It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh

Kendal
London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottingham
Sheffield

Bolt from the Blue

青天の霹靂 (Seiten no hekireki)

Haruo (Yo Oizumi) can’t seem to catch a break. Broke and tending bars for a living after failing to become a successful stage magician, he gets a phone call informing him that his estranged father has passed away. On the way to collect his father’s belongings, Haruo is struck by a lightning bolt and sent back to the past, to a date not long before he is born and bumps into his ‘future’ father and mother.

This heart-warming film, based on director and comedian Gekidan Hitori’s own novel was a huge box office success in Japan, telling a story about family, ambition and the consequences of the choices that we make.

Showing at: ICA, London; QFT, Belfast; QUAD, Derby; Showroom, Sheffield; Watershed, Bristol; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria; Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Distributor: Toho

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Director: Gekidan Hitori
Yo Oizumi, Kou Shibasaki, Gekidan Hitori
2014, 96 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

Queen's Film Theatre
15 February 2001

Tyneside Cinema
15 March 2008

QUAD
15 February 2014

Brewery Arts Centre
15 March 2019

Showroom Cinema
15 February 2022

Broadway
15 March 2026

Watershed
15 February 2028

ICA
15 January 2031