The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

Experience Japan through cinema
  • Each Film £8.50 / £6 Aged Under 26
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World cinema at Storyhouse

Happiness is A State of Mind

Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema

Storyhouse is proud to partner with the Japan Foundation for the third year to present a selection of new cinema from Japan.

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘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, and it is within its framework that the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 has been curated.

Embracing the rich and complex spectrum of emotions that go hand in hand with this concept, the programme seeks to present the highs and lows experienced in pursuit of happiness in Japan, showcasing diverse cinematic voices as they shine a light on stories of love, social inclusion, the resilience of humankind through times of hardship, and non-conventional paths to achieving and maintaining joy.

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation has showcased, in close partnership with distinguished film venues across the nation, some of the finest Japanese films in order to introduce their versatility and uniqueness to the UK. With a line-up of contemporary titles that have never had a UK release, documentaries, anime, and classic masterpieces, there is always something for everybody.

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020: Organ

1 hr 59 | As Tokyo burns, nursery teachers lead by Kaede scramble to evacuate the children under their care to an abandoned temple.

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020: And Your Bird Can Sing

1 hr 46 | A gritty coming-of-age drama.

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020: Little Nights, Little Love

1 hr 59 | Based on a story by one of Japan’s most popular novelists, the story asks what is necessary in attaining happiness in a relationship.

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020: Jesus

1 hr 18 | Timid Yura feels isolated in his new Christian school. Initially sceptical of the new worshiping practice, he begins to have apparitions of a tiny, mute Jesus who seems to answer his prayers. But he should be careful what he wishes for…

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