QUAD is delighted to announce that The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will be returning for an expanded round of screenings in February and March.
Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London have been organising an annual Japanese film programme in close partnership with venues and programme advisors around the UK. Each year, the programme screens Japanese films, from recently released contemporary films to classics and anime. These films have normally not previously had an opportunity to be screened in this country and serve to showcase the versatility and uniqueness displayed by Japanese filmmakers.
QUAD has been hosting a weekend of screenings from the Touring Film Programme since 2015, In the years since, it has grown into one of the venue’s busiest annual events, with film fans from around the UK travelling to Derby to view the programme.
Due to the success of previous years, QUAD is expanding its screenings to two full weekends in 2024, made up of 21 different films. The first weekend of screenings will take place between 9th – 11th February and includes a special director Q+A event in which where a Japanese director will visit QUAD for the first time since pre-COVID. Director Tetsu Maeda will present his film Do Unto Others (12A) and participate in the Q+A.
QUAD’s Film and Marketing Officer Peter Munford said “The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is always one of my favourite events at QUAD each year. It offers a truly unique chance to see fantastic films that would not be screened in this country otherwise. I am looking forward to welcoming film fans to QUAD for what are sure to be two fantastically fun weekends. I am particularly excited about welcoming director Tetsu Maeda to QUAD to discuss his film Do Unto Others with our audience”.
Films screening during the February weekend include:
Hit Me Anyone One More Time! (PG), a comedy in which a man wakes up in hospital with no memory only to be informed up that he is the president of Japan. Screening Friday 9 February at 6:00pm.
The Inerasable (15), a chiller in which a novelist and a student investigate strange noises in the student’s home. Screening Friday 9 February at 8:30pm.
The Snow Flurry (12A), a 1959 classic drama by director Keisuke Kinoshita (The Ballad Of Narayama). Screening on a 35mm print on Saturday 10 February at 11:45am.
Ice Cream Fever (PG), a drama about an art school graduate who becomes captivated by a regular customer at the ice cream shop where she works. Screening on Saturday 10 February at 1:25pm.
Hoarder On The Border (12A), a comedy in which a pianist who can no longer play joins a team that clears out the cluttered houses of obsessive hoarders. Screening on Saturday 10 February at 3:25pm.
Do Unto Others (12A) + Director Q+A, a legal thriller in which a care worker is discovered to have been killing the residents of the nursing home where he works and a prosecutor investigates what has led him to such horrific actions. Screening with director Tetsu Maeda present for an audience Q+A on Saturday 10 February at 6:00pm.
Shadow Of Fire (15), a drama about an orphan, a demobbed soldier and a prostitute who form a makeshift family in the ruins of Tokyo following World War Two. Screening Saturday 10 February at 9:00pm.
Winny (12A), the true story of the arrest and trial of the creator of Winny, a file sharing programme similar to Napster which became the software of choice for online pirates in Japan during the early 2000s. Screening Sunday 11 February at 12:30pm.
Mondays: See You ‘This’ Week (PG), a comedy in which the staff of an office find themselves stuck in a time-loop and must work together to find a way to break the cycle. Screening Sunday 11 February at 3:00pm.
Lonely Castle In The Mirror (PG), an anime adaptation of the novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, in which a group of teenagers find themselves collected together at the mysterious castle of the title, and must struggle to discover the castle’s secret and the reason they have been brought there. Screening Sunday 11 February at 5:30pm.
Thousand And One Nights (12A), a drama in which Tomiko, a woman whose husband went missing 30 years ago, befriends Nami, a younger woman whose husband is also missing. Things take a turn when Tomiko thinks she spots Nami’s husband around town. Screening Sunday 11 February at 7:50pm.
Ten further films will screen the weekend of 15 – 17 March. Information on these titles can be found at https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/jftfp/.
Individual tickets to each film screening are available at QUAD’s normal ticket prices (£10.00 standard, £7.50 concessions, £5.00 for ages 16 – 25. Specific passes are also available allowing entry to multiple films at a reduced rate. A pass to see all the films in either the February or March weekend are just £50, or you can see all 21 films across both weekends for just £90.
For more information on these screenings at QUAD or to book tickets or a pass, see https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/jftfp/ or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.
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