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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Please note: this season finished in Feb 2017
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

The hugely successful Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns to Watershed with another exciting lineup showcasing the versatility and uniqueness of Japanese cinema. This year's programme has the theme of desires, hopes and impulses, and the lineup includes a myriad of genres to present the multiplicity of "wanting" in all of its guises.

Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions and 24 and under. Screenings after 16:00: £9.00 full / £6.50 concessions / £4.50 aged 24 and under.

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Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines and Sake Samurai.

  • Looking for child-friendly Japanese film? Don’t miss animated Studio Ghibli gem Ponyo, which screens throughout half term (Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb).
  • Love Japanese cuisine? Ticket holders from the Japan season can enjoy 10% off food at Yume Kitchen on Cotham Hill until 31 March.

Previous screenings in this Season

This bittersweet ensemble drama follows 24 hours in one of Tokyo's love hotels, in which the dreams and desires of the hotel's inhabitants (a Korean escort, a porn-star student, a musician and a policewoman) intersect and collide to hilarious, steamy and heartbreaking effect.

Read More - Kabukichô Love Hotel

In this offbeat comedy a deadbeat rocker returns to his island home after seven years away to announce the pregnancy of his girlfriend - only for the family reunion to turn sour when his dad falls ill...

Read More - The Mohican Comes Home

Based on a popular manga comic, Japanese director Naoko Yamada’s (K-On) affecting drama about the tempestuous relationship between a hearing boy and a Deaf girl is a beautiful animation about the consequences of bullying.

Read More - A Silent Voice

A brutal, unflinching drama about a delinquent runaway whose street-side scuffles turn into a sinister, violent game when he meets a high schooler.

Read More - Destruction Babies

Failed painter Hiroshi (Noda Yojiro) falls into the depths of despair when he discovers he has terminal cancer. Having given up on his dreams, everything changes when he encounters the bold and outspoken Mai and he soon begins to reassess his outlook on life.

Read More - Pieta in the Toilet + Director's Q&A

This mischevious drama centres on Rika (Rie Miyazawa), a personal banker turned embezzler who falls head over heels in love and into a life of crime.

Read More - Pale Moon