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Japan Foundation Tour: It Only Happens in the Movies?

Please note: this season finished in Feb 2015
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns with another exciting lineup of contemporary, classic and animated films showcasing the versatility and uniqueness of Japanese cinema both past and present. This years programme takes as its theme the notion of ‘Encounters’, so why not come and indulge yourself in its sparkling array of unusual meetings, new environments and the collision of different generations, ideals and ideas.

This programme is in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and is supported by Japan Airlines and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions. Screenings after 16:00: £8.00 full / £6.50 concessions.

Season Special Offer: Buy four tickets for films within the season and get a fifth ticket free. This offer is not available online. Please call our box office team on 0117 927 5100

Previous screenings in this Season

A huge box office hit in Japan, director and comedian Gekidan Hikori’s adaptation of his own novel is an uplifting comedy about family, ambition and the consequences of the choices we make in life.

Read More - A Bolt from the Blue

This ravishing melodrama turned out to be director Mikio Naruse’s last cinematic offering and is a beautiful embodiment of his masterful style. A timeless story of desire and escape.

Read More - Scattered Clouds

The brainchild of renowned animation filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), this anthology of animated shorts consists of four dystopian tales that together represent a crossover between contemporary anime and traditional Japanese artistic customs.

Read More - Short Peace

Momo Miyaura is an 11-year-old girl forced to relocate with her mother after the death of her father, in this heart warming animation who’s playfulness will appeal to both children and adults alike.

Read More - A Letter to Momo

Playing out like a deadly game of hide and seek, this deep thriller shines a light on the current fears around the perils of social media and privacy in contemporary Japan.

Read More - Nobody to Watch Over Me

Legendary Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano stars in this unflinching portrait of a man struggling to make a name for himself and raises difficult questions about Korean-Japanese identity.

Read More - Blood and Bones

This coming of age comedy follows 18-year-old Yuki who, having failed his university entrance exams, abruptly decides to leave the big city behind and move to the country to embark on an ill-fated forestry trainee apprenticeship. Followed by director Q&A.

Read More - Wood Job + Q&A