It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters by Aisha Anime

Anime: A Letter to Momo

Anime: A Letter to Momo

Dates: 30 January to 26 March 2015




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

Carmen from Kwachi

Carmen from Kwachi

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…

~Aisha Anime~

Wood Job!

Wood Job!

Japan Foundation: Free Summer Screenings by Aisha Anime

japan foundation free summer scrrenings

Venue: The Japan Foundation, London - 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH 

Tickets: Email 

More details:

After the highly successful East Side stories film Festival Japan Foundation hosted at the ICA, the Japan Foundation  are back with a selection of movies and anime to show for free during August. This will be including a number of special screenings of contemporary Japanese films too! Held in the Japan Foundation’s HQ at Russell Square where they held the Culture Night with Danny Choo, there will be a range of Japanese films on show. This includes a retro anime; Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States directed by Keiichi Hara who I interviewed recently and some contemporary choices too.

Saturday, 9 August, 2pm
After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles)

Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm
Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles)

Friday, 15 August, 2pm
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Dir. Keiichi Hara, 2002, 95 mins, English subtitles)

Friday, 15 August, 6:30pm
Waterboys (Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi, 2001, 91 min, English subtitles)

Saturday, 16 August, 2pm
Bushido Sixteen (Dir. Tomoyuki Furumaya, 2010, 109 mins, English subtitles)

Saturday, 16 August, 6:30pm
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Dir. David Gelb, 2011, 81 mins, English subtitles)

Friday, 22 August, 2pm
Chibi Maruko-chan (Dir. Tsutomu Shibayama, 1990, 94 mins, English subtitles)

Friday, 22 August, 6:30pm
Hotel Hibiscus (Dir. Yuji Nakae, 2003, 92 min, English subtitles)


The max capacity is 80 per showing, so book your free tickets now, be sure to list the number of tickets and name.s to  Only four screenings per persobn, any more will be put on the waiting list.