Always Evolving

Japanese Cinema Then, Now, and for the Future

3 February to 31 March 2023

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, the UK’s ever-evolving largest festival of Japanese cinema celebrates its 20th anniversary!

With an exciting line up, most of which have only recently been released, but also some masterpieces from the distant past, and all of which share connections to the themes taken up in the past, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 explores the theme of “the evolution of Japanese cinema”. Audiences will be provided with food for  thought: Where has Japanese cinema come from? What is its current position in the world of cinema? And where is it heading next?

Come and see some of Japan’s finest cinematic works, showcasing varied tones and styles, as well as the diverse skills of both experienced and emerging film talents.


The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 is programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa (London) with assistance of Emi Iida (London), and Takeshi Yoshida (Tokyo).

Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki and Eiko Meredith.