The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Still from A Man

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, returns to Watershed with its biggest showcase ever, another exciting lineup showcasing the versatility and uniqueness of Japanese cinema.

This year's theme is Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema. Memories have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories for generations.

The programme explores films where memories are a focal point and play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour.

With a diverse range of films all based around this theme, this year’s programme is set to provide another exciting slate of unforgettable stories on the big screen.

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Upcoming screenings in this season

Hoarder on the Border

classified 12A S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Hoarder on the Border
Sat 24 Feb 14:30
Film

The lives of extreme hoarders revolve around Ritsuki as he takes on a new path with a specialised cleaning crew for hoarder houses.

Voices in the Wind

classified PG S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Voices in the Wind
Wed 28 Feb 18:00
Film

Eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Haru silently embarks on a 1,300 km solo hitchhiking journey to her hometown of Otsuchi, where her family died. Guided by an unseen force, will the journey help heal her pain?

Previous screenings in this season

Egoist

classified 18 S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Egoist
Today at 18:00
Film

A fashion editor falls in love with his personal trainer. However, their love is disrupted when one of them unexpectedly misses their planned date.

The Fish Tale

classified PG S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
The Fish Tale
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024
Film

Follow Meebo on a journey through childhood and into adulthood in this humorously quirky and heartfelt coming-of-age story. 

Mondays: See You ‘This’ Week!

classified PG S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Mondays: See You ‘This’ Week!
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024
Film

This zany office comedy about a group of co-workers caught in a time loop is packed with knowing winks and references to Japanese work culture.

A Man

classified 12A S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
A Man
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024
Film

Adapted from the Keiichiro Hirano novel, this brooding thriller about identity, love and truth explores what it means to have enduring relationships with those we’ve lost - but perhaps never fully knew.

Sabakan

classified PG S The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Sabakan
Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024
Film

This classic summer adventure movie, set in a small village in Nagasaki during 1986, is a whimsical throwback to the halcyon days of childhood.

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