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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

12 January 2017

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 stops off at QUAD between the 10th and 12th of February to bring audiences a chance to see nine fantastic Japanese films, none of which have been shown in the UK previously.

Taking inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s famous quote “Life is a desire, not a meaning”, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 features an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of “desires, hopes and impulses”. Presenting films by established and up-and-coming  directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.

The following films will be screened at QUAD -

Pieta On The Toilet plus Director Q+A (Advised 15) S
Directed by Daishi Matsunaga, 2015, 120 min, English subtitles

Friday 10th February. 6:15pm.



Young failed painter Hiroshi falls into the depths of despair when he discovers he is incurably ill. One day he meets a teenage girl whose strong will in life gradually sheds light on his own. Inspired by the ‘God of Manga’ Osamu Tezuka’s last diary entry. 

We are delighted to welcome director Daishi Matsunaga to QUAD for a post-screening Q+A.


Kabukicho Love Hotel (Advised 18) S

Directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, 2014, 135 min, English subtitles

Friday 10th February. 9:00pm



A love hotel in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s well-known entertainment district conveniently conceals people with problems; a cleaner who lives with a criminal at large, a pimp and a girl who has run away from home. An ordinary day begins at this extraordinary hotel…

© 2014 Kabukicho Love Hotel Film Partners. Gambit/Happinet


Odd Obsession (Advised 18) S
Directed by Kon Ichikawa, 1959, 107 min, English subtitles

Saturday 11th February 12:30pm



Winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1960, this darkly comic drama follows an elderly man with a decreased libido who attempts to sexually satisfy his captivating, younger wife. Based on Junichiro Tanizaki’s sensual and controversial 1956 novel Kagi (“The Key”).

© 1959 Kadokawa Pictures


Flora On The Sand (Advised 18) S
Directed by Ko Nakahira, 1964, 95 min, English subtitles

Saturday 11th February 3:00pm



An innovative and erotically charged drama about Ichiro, a man who stumbles into an unsettling affair with a young woman, Akiko, and her sister. Based on a novel by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, the film foreshadows Nikkatsu’s lucrative ‘Roman Porno’ genre.

© 1964 Nikkatsu Corporation


Flying Colours (Advised 12) S
Directed by Nobuhiro Doi, 2015, 117 min, English subtitles

Saturday 11th February 6:15pm



Bottom-of-the-class Sayaka enrols in a cram school to improve her grades but soon sets her sights on passing the entrance exam for Japan’s prestigious Keio University. Based on a nonfiction bestseller, this film depicts Japan’s highly competitive and demanding university entrance exams.

© 2015 "Flying Colors" Film Partners


Pale Moon (Advised 15) S
Directed by Daihachi Yoshida, 2014, 126 min, English subtitles

Saturday 11th February 8:50pm



Ordinary housewife and bank employee Rika (Rie Miyazawa) turns to a life of crime by embezzling money from clients’ accounts in order to please her young lover. A mischievous dark drama adapted from the bestselling novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta.


Lady Maiko (Advised PG) S
Directed by Masayuki Suo, 2014, 135 min, English subtitles

Sunday 12th February 2:00pm



A My Fair Lady-esque musical directed by Masayuki Suo (Shall We Dance?) capturing the aspirations and struggles of naïve country bumpkin Haruko who strives to become a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto.


A Silent Voice (Advised 12) S
Directed by Naoko Yamada, 2016, 129 min, English subtitles

Sunday 12th February 5:00pm



An emotional and beautifully animated film following young Shoya, a boy tormented by his past bullying of deaf classmate Shoko. Shoya decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins, but is it already too late?


Destruction Babies (Advised 18) S
Directed by Tetsuya Mariko, 2016, 108 min, English subtitles

Sunday 12th February 8:00pm



Delinquent runaway Taira (Yuya Yagira, Nobody Knows) aimlessly roams the streets picking fights with random bystanders. Rallied on by a high schooler, Taira’s street-side scuffles soon turn into a sinister game. Tetsuya Mariko won the Prize for the Best Emerging Director, Locarno International Film Festival for this debut work.



Individual films can be booked at the links above. Also available is a Weekend Pass which allows entry to all nine screenings at a reduced rate.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, Sake Samurai and the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau.