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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema by Aisha Anime

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 returns to bring Japanese culture ideals to the UK and the theme this year is IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema.

Spanning from 5 February to 26 March 2016 travelling around the country with some great cinematic releases to make you stop and think. Most importantly they have addressed the high demand of anime requests and are showing two this year. 

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

We follow Jun Naruse a young girl who believes her words have caused unmeasurable trouble. She is one day visited by a mysterious ‘Egg Fairy’ who casts a spell on her preventing her from speaking, stopping her from conveying her emotions. When she enters high-school, Jun is asked to join a musical – a group which turns out to be an unexpected mix of students all suffering from emotional trauma just like Jun. Through the key themes of friendship and music can will Jun be able to find her voice again?

A charming story from the creators behind the smash hit movie, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The creative team of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka return with a completely original animated film which was a huge hit upon its domestic theatrical release in late 2015, touching many hearts across Japan.

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

A animation from the Keiichi Hara who, who's film Colors Japan Foundation screened previously. (Watch the interview with Keiichi Hara here.)  Set in early Edo period, this animation brings to life the story of O-Ei, the daughter of the ukiyo-e master, Katsushika Hokusai (globally famous for his piece The Great Wave). 

Based on the original manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, an adaptation which Hara, a huge fan of the series, called ‘a dream come true,’ the film brings Sugiura’s comic and worldview to the big screen, creating a wonderfully detailed recreation of Edo life through combining hand-drawn 2-D with 3-D techniques. The film scooped three awards at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, including the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film.

Starting at the prestigious ICA London from 5th February - 11th February 

Find the full list of movies and anime on the Japan Foundation website.

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Summer Explorers! Free Anime Screenings at Japan Foundation by Aisha Anime

This summer the Japan Foundation have organised a day packed full of special anime film screenings, all of which can be enjoyed on the big screen! 

11:30am: Anime for Everyone! (Recommended for ages 2+)
KOMANEKO – The Curious Cat

1:00pm: Anime Goes Underground (Recommended for ages 8+)

2:10pm: Anime Meets (Recommended for ages 10+)
Negadon: The Monster from Mars
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

4:15pm: Retro Anime (Recommended for ages 8+)
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie
Featuring an intro by Japanese anime expert Helen McCarthy


Date:1 August 2015 from 11.30am

Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park

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It only happens in the movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters: London Day 2 by Aisha Anime

My Little Sweetpea: Megu & Norio

My Little Sweetpea: Megu & Norio

After four back to back movies yesterday the we have another four today and a few more next week before the Japan Foundation tours to another area so you do have another chance to catch one of this great screenings such as Wood Job!, My Little Sweetpea,  A Bolt from the Blue, Nobody to Watch over me, 

Dates: 30 January to 26 March 2015




Wood Job!
The Light Shines Only There
The Handsome Suit
Short Peace
Scattered Clouds
Nobody to Watch Over Me
My Little Sweet Pea
Carmen from Kawachi
Bolt from the Blue
Blood and Bones
All About Our House
A Letter to Momo

Read my reviews for:

Wood Job!

My Little Sweetpea

A Bolt from the Blue

Nobody to Watch over me

The Light Shines Only There (up soon)

Nobody to Watch Over me

Nobody to Watch Over me