Happiness is a State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema
The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme returns for its 17th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese cinema exploring the ways in which people feel ‘happiness’.
Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive. And yet, the search for happiness has long provided Japanese cinema with a staple theme.
This year's programme aims to embrace the rich and complex spectrum of emotions that go hand in hand with happiness with a particular focus on Japanese society - showcasing cinematic voices and skills of both the experienced and emerging filmmakers from recently released contemporary works, to anime and documentary.
We’ve teamed up with Woky Ko Kaiju so you can enjoy 20% off ramen as part of Japan Touring Season 2020 - simply show your Japan Season cinema ticket. Valid throughout February. View Kaiju's opening times and menu here.
Presented in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, with Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU, and in Cultural Partnership with Modern Culture.