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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

And Your Bird Can Sing

QUAD, Derby hosts Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in February

QUAD in Derby hosts a season of the latest films from Japan as part of Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 in February. The annual touring film programme brings an exciting showcase of Japanese cinema through the narrative framework of the ways in which people feel ‘happiness’. ‘Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema’ is a season of ten films takes place in QUAD from 21st to 23rd February.

And Your Bird Can Sing is a coming-of-age story about three slackers in Hakodate, living a carefree life, but how long can they only live in the moment hangs over the trio as they begin to look at themselves and finally face their futures. Reminiscent of Richard Linklater, this is an adaptation of author Sato Yasushi’s novel. And Your Bird Can Sing (Advised 18) screens at QUAD on Friday 21st February at 6:30pm.

Shadowfall is about Makabe, a professional thief who sneaks into people’s homes as they sleep. One day he enters a home as always and comes upon an attempted murder by arson. The incident brings up painful memories that Makabe had been suppressing. Shadowfall (Advised 15) screens at QUAD on Friday 21st February at 8:45pm.

Ten Dark Women is a black comedy / crime-drama. TV producer Kaze becomes paranoid, with ample reason, that his nine mistresses are planning on killing him. He turns to his shrewd wife, Futaba, who has long given up on their marriage. Ten Dark Women (Advised 15) screens at QUAD on Saturday 22nd February at 1:00pm.

My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler stars Japan Pro Wrestling champion Hiroshi Tanahashi making his acting debut as the gentle giant dad of a 9-year-old Shota, who discovers his father is the despicable heel (bad guy) wrestler ‘Cockroach Mask’. He misleads his classmates into believing his father is the popular good guy Dragon George. A heart-warming tale featuring NJPW wrestlers Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Kazuchika Okada. My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler (Advised PG) screens at QUAD on
Saturday 22nd February at 3:10pm.

Ride Your Wave follows Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love…… Ride Your Wave (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD on Saturday 22nd February at 6:30pm.

In The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps Kaoruko and Kazuaki have two children and a troubled marriage. One day, after their daughter almost drowns in a local swimming pool, they have an agonising choice to make, when a young doctor offers the chance of a miracle cure through new technology. The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD on Saturday 22nd February at 8:35pm.

Bento Harassment is based on a true story. Single mother Kaori is being ignored by her rebellious teenager high school daughter. Exasperated, decides to take measures to communicate with her using her daughter’s bento boxes as her ‘weapon’ and also get some portion of revenge by creating embarrassing messages….... Bento Harassment (Advised PG) screens at QUAD on Sunday 23rd February at 2:30pm.

In Jesus, 9-year-old Yura moves from the city to a small town. Feeling lonely and isolated, Yura spots a small, silent Jesus Christ dancing on the altar during a school prayer session, which nobody else can see. Quickly he becomes a regular presence in the boy’s life and starts answering Yura’s prayers. Jesus (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD on Sunday 23rd February at 4:45pm.

My Love Story! is an adaptation of the unique girls' manga following slapstick romantic antics of Takeo, a sincere guy, whose fierce-looking face and a hulking body look nothing like a high school student. His looks and awkward manner repel the girls - will he ever find romance? My Love Story! (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD on Sunday 23rd February at 6:35pm.

Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler at Hyakkaou Private Academy, an elite school for the rich, gambling has replaced grades. This year, the ultimate prize is up for grabs a ‘blank future’ that allows the winner to do whatever they want after graduation. Based on the hit manga from Homura Kawamoto Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD on Sunday 23rd February at 8:45pm.
 
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 is organised by the Japan Foundation with Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Yakult, and with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU and the Japan Centre.

Cinema ticket prices are £9.80, £7.20 concessions, or £4 for those aged under 25. A Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Season Pass is available for all eleven films, priced at £55, £50 Concessions or £35 for 16 to 25 years.
 
To book tickets or for more information click on the links above or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.