The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 comes to QUAD
After 2021’s edition of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme was forced to move online the Tour is returning to cinemas in 2022. QUAD is delight screenings of ten films from the programme over the weekend of 4 – 6 March. Tickets to individual films are available or you can purchase a pass enabling entry to all ten films at a significant discount.
This year’s tour has the theme “What Lies Beneath: The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema” and all of the titles included are new to UK screens.
Spaghetti Code Love (Adv.15)
Friday 4 March 5:30pm
A modern and stylish tale of fragile young lives under the pressures of ambition, love, and general existence, which weaves in and out of the perspectives of its multiple flawed protagonists in a series of vignettes.
The Voice Of Sin (Adv. 15)
Friday 4 March 7:30pm
An investigative journalist (Oguri Shun) on the hunt to solve a cold case of extortion dating back thirty years, meets a man (Hoshino Gen) who has suddenly come into possession of a cassette tape exactly like the ones used in the blackmail plot all those years ago. Was he involved?
Kiba: The Fangs Of Fiction (Adv. 12A)
Saturday 5 March 12:30pm
When the president of a publishing giant suddenly dies, a power struggle ensues. Amid the crisis, Akira (Oizumi Yo), the capable editor of a failing culture magazine, attempts to breathe new life into the publication. However, those around him may have some other ideas…
Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots (Adv. 15)
Saturday 5 March 3:15pm
Having various apprehensive feelings about her life, including being a virgin at the age of 22, yet seemingly indifferent, Horigai (Sakuma Yui) finds some solace in the bond she forms with the reserved Inogi (Nao). However, soon her life will face a new phase of sadness and violence.
Life: Untitled (Adv. 15)
Saturday 5 March 6:00pm
In a ramshackle office of one of Tokyo’s inconspicuous, low-rent escort services, the lives of the call girls waiting for their next client intersect and are laid bare in all their day-to-day humdrum, with visits to local love hotels, and the inevitable rivalries and catfights.
Shrieking In The Rain (Adv. 15)
Saturday 5 March 8:15pm
On the set of a film studio in the summer of 1988 and trying to realise her artistic vision without compromises, first-time director Hanako (Matsumoto Marika) is besieged by problems from all sides as she approaches the shooting of the film’s climatic love scene, which is heavy in eroticism.
Iwane: Sword Of Serenity (Adv. 12A)
Sunday 6 March 12:00pm
A tragic incident forces Sakazaki Iwane (Matsuzaka Tori), a hitherto well-respected samurai admired for his sword-fighting skills, to leave his town and his fiancée as he becomes a wandering ronin. Soon after he picks up work as a bodyguard, he discovers a conspiracy is afoot and is determined to foil the plot.
The House Of The Lost On The Cape (Cert. TBC)
Sunday 6 March 2:30pm
Separated from their families and having no place to go, two young girls, Yui (voiced by Ashida Mana) and Hiyori (voiced by Awano Sari), are given the chance to start afresh by a kindly but strange old lady who invites them into her home – a mayoiga (old Japanese folkloric concept).
Blue (Adv. 12A)
Sunday 6 March 4:40m
Kazuki (Higashide Masahiro) seems to have everything. Glorious success on the boxing ring and a bright future in his love. Nobuto (Matsuyama Kenichi) and his disciple Tsuyoshi (Emoto Tokio), however, struggle in and out of the ring. Will the efforts and enthusiasm of all three men be enough to achieve what they want?
First Love (Adv. 15)
Sunday 6 March 7:00pm
A stylish psychological thriller revolving around the sessions between a clinical psychologist, Yuki (Kitagawa Keiko), and a young woman, Kanna (Yoshino Kyoko), who stabbed her father to death without an apparent motive.
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