Japan Touring Foundation Film Programme at QUAD

The Japan Touring Foundation Film Programme 2015

We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Japan Foundation UK’s annual Touring Film Programme. This year’s programme is under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’, and offers an enlightening and expansive introduction to Japanese cinema. Showcasing a vast variety of styles and tones, this programme offers a broad picture of the daily reality and experiences of a country.

Satori’s Screen’s Peter Munford will be on hand during this weekend of rare Japanese films. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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Wood Job! (PG) Subtitled + Director Q&A – Friday 6th February at 6:15pm

Japan   2014   116 mins Dir: Shinobu Yaguchi

The new film from Shinobu Yaguchi, director of Water Boys, is based on Shion Miura’s bestseller, a bittersweet coming-of-age novel. Yuki Hirano, an ordinary 18-year-old high school graduate, fails his university entrance exams. Finding himself without a job or anything much in the way of career prospects, he abruptly decides to leave the city life behind, prompted by a brochure with a dishy girl on the cover that advertises a one-year forestry program. He winds up in Kamusari, a backwater village nestled deep in the mountains, far beyond civilization, convenience stores and mobile phone coverage. There, he meets Iida, a combination of mountain boy scout, dreamboat, handyman and wildman. Alongside Iida, Yuki learns and grows to love the Thoreau-like lifestyle in the woods and he finds himself embracing the dream of forging a fresh green life–and finding the girl from the brochure. [Japan Cuts 2014]

Individual tickets can be purchased here.  Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

 We are delighted to welcome Director Shinobu Yaguchi to both the UK and QUAD for post screening Q&A.

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Nobody To Watch Over Me (12) Subtitled – (Daremo mamotte kurenai)

Friday 13th February at 6:15pm

Japan   2009   118 mins Dir: Ryoichi Kimizuka

A deep drama depicting the fears of a modern day society, it portrays the distress of the family of a juvenile criminal and the conflicts of the detective ordered to protect them. The Funamura family is the target of mass media attention after their first son commits an act of murder. Furthermore, every move detective Katsuura takes in protecting the bewildered daughter of the family, Saori, is being fully exposed over the internet. In a deadly game of hide and seek Katsuura and Saori are eventually freed from the malicious attempts of internet addicts. (Japanese Film Database)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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Blood And Bones (18) Subtitled (Chi to hone) – Friday 13th February at 8:50pm

Japan   2004   140 mins Dir: Yoichi Sai

In this epic fresco, Sai explores social history through one man, a Korean emigrant to 1920s Japan, who works his way up to head a small criminal empire. Sai’s brilliant recreation of a vanished community raises difficult questions about Korean-Japanese identity. A virtual companion piece to Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Puppetmaster, Sai’s epic fresco uses the biography of one man as a key to an entire social history. Kim Shun-Pei emigrates from Jeju Island in Korea (a Japanese colony at the time) to Osaka as a young man in 1923. A lifelong fear of poverty meshes with his compulsive womanising, as well as his capacity for violence, to make him a monster as he moves from initial success with a fish-cake business to heading a small criminal empire as a loan shark. (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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Carmen From Kawachi (18) Subtitled – Saturday 14th February at 3:45pm

Japan   1966   89 mins Dir: Seijun Suzuki

An interesting variant on Bizet’s Carmen from acclaimed director Seijun Suzuki, this experimental film tells of young Karumen, who leaves home after being gang-raped by thugs from school. She goes to Osaka, where men fall at her feet when she becomes a nightclub singer. The film is shot variously in black-and-white, red-and-white, blue-and-white, etc., depending on the scene. With some film-makers, this technique would become annoying fairly quickly, but Suzuki uses the colours to accentuate the story rather than for visual effect alone. (Allmovie.com)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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The Handsome Suit (12) Subtitled (Hansamu sutsu) – Saturday 14th February at 6:30pm

Japan   2008   115 mins Dir: Tsutomu Hanabusa

Kind-hearted diner chef Takuro has lots of friends, but has never been considered attractive to the opposite sex. One day, Takuro is approached with an offer of a special suit that can make him instantly handsome simply by wearing it. Of course he jumps at the opportunity to change his appearance, and it works so well he begins working as a top male model named Annin. The suit is not without its flaws, however, and often short-circuits at the worst possible moments. When Takuro is given the choice of wearing a permanent version of the suit which can never be removed, he has a serious decision to make. (Eigapedia)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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A Bolt From The Blue (PG) Subtitled (Seiten no hekireki)- Saturday 14th February at 8:55pm

Japan   2014   90 mins Dir: Hitori Gekidan

39-year-old Haruo Todoroki is a magician who works in a dingy Tokyo club. With no success in his career and no family, he’s become depressed with life. He receives a call from the police informing him a man identified as his father has been found dead and he is requested to collect his belongings. Learning his father was a rough sleeper, Todoroki visits the area where he took shelter where a bolt of lightning appears from the sky and strikes him. Coming round Todoroki wakes to find himself in a world 40 years earlier. He stumbles upon a theatre and takes the opportunity to make a living by performing magic. He meets a young magician Shotaro and his assistant Etsuko who turn out to be his parents. Concealing his identity, Todoroki begins to learn more about his family. (Emphasis Video Entertainment Limited)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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Scattered Clouds (12) Subtitled (Midaregumo) – Sunday 15th February at 2:30pm

Japan   1967   108 mins Dir: Mikio Naruse

In this Japanese romance, the trouble begins after a young man is involved in a fatal car accident. Though he was deemed blameless in the crash, his company still transfers him from Tokyo to a remote branch in a small town. Just before he leaves, the man, who is now overcome with guilt, offers the dead man’s widow a large sum of money. She refuses it at first, but then listens to her persistent in-laws and takes the cash and decides to return to her hometown to recover. Naturally it is the town where the young man has been assigned. (Fandango)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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A Letter To Momo (PG) Subtitled (Momo e no tegami) – Sunday 15th February at 6pm

Japan   2011   120 mins Dir: Hiroyuki Okiura

A heartwarming, animated fantasy from Jin-Roh:The Wolf Brigade director Okiura Hiroyuki that was seven years in the making. With the assistance of key animation supervisor Ando Masashi (Spirited Away), director Okiura presents a richly expressive depiction of the beautiful scenery of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea region; which won the New York International Children’s Film Festival’s Best Feature Film Grand Prize. An 11-year-old girl named Momo moves to a tiny island in the Seto Inland Sea. She continues to cling to the memory of her late father who left her an unfinished letter, and finds herself unable to adjust to her new lifestyle or make friends. Then one day, she is visited by three bizarre creatures. Japanese Film Database

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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Jinx!!! (PG) Subtitled (Jinkusu!!!) – Sunday 15th February at 8:35pm

Japan   2013   123 mins Dir: Naoto Kumazawa

Korean exchange student Ji-Ho meets plain college girl Kaede and Kaede’s childhood friend Yusuke. Ji-Ho wants to jumpstart things for this lukewarm couple, and lets loose a series of Korean-style love jinxes on them. In this romance, popular K-POP group T-ARA member Hyomin transforms into a Korean exchange student who teaches Japanese college students all about love. From Me to You director Kumazawa Naoto depicts love with a touch of pathos about the different perspectives on love in Korea and Japan. (Japanese Film Database)

Individual tickets can be purchased here. Weekend Passes are available from £36 (save £20 – works out as £4 per film). Contact Box office on 01332 290606

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