JFTFP: Initiation Love (15) S

Saturday 10 February 2018

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  • Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Origin Japan
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 110 minutes

Portrayed in the classic music format of an “A-B sided cassette tape”, Initiation Love is a deceptive and entertaining love story with dark undertones set in late 1980s Japan. The story follows university student Suzuki (Shota Matsuda) and his life-changing meeting with Mayu (Atsuko Maeda), but the theme soon alters as it is flipped to side B. Suddenly Suzuki is transferred to Tokyo and the two are forced into a long distance relationship with many complications.
Imaginative and playful in its narrative, this craftily made film by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (20th Century Boys) boasts a storyline that keeps you guessing right until the end – guaranteed to make you want to re-watch and catch what you missed the first time. Full of 1980s nostalgia, the film gives a glimpse into what life was like during this frivolous time.

Screening as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018. To book a pass enabling entry to all eleven films in this season at a reduced rate please click here.

This film will start promptly at the advertised time with no adverts or trailers.