This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will provide an exciting programme of films under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’. Showcasing a vast variety of styles and tones, from popular contemporary films, classics through to animation, the programme will include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking the question, does it really only happen in the movies?
The season will be opening at the ICA, London on 30 January 2015 before touring to a further 10 venues nationwide (the largest number yet!) until late March 2015.
- ICA, London
- Watershed, Bristol
- Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Belfast
- QUAD, Derby
- mac birmingham, Birmingham
- Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
- Filmhouse, Edinburgh
- Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
- Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
- Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
They are delighted to announce that acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi will visit the UK as part of the season. Yaguchi is best known for his breakthrough hit Waterboys (2001), as well as directing many blockbuster films including Swing Girls! (2004), Happy Flight (2008) and Robo-G (2012). Yaguchi will be attending the screenings of his latest film Wood Job! (2014) at ICA, London, Watershed, Bristol, QUAD, Derby and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield and participating in a Q&A (dates TBC).
For a chance of winning pair of tickets to a screening of your choice at each venue, please visit the JPF News Page and answer our (tough!) question about this year’s programme…