The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

20 December 2017

The Japan Foundation's annual touring programme returns in 2018 with an enlightening showcase of Japanese cinema through the narrative framework of "secrets and lies", a theme both universal and prevalent in world cinema.

QUAD will be screening eleven films from this programme between 9 - 11 February and tickets for all screenings are now on sale.

Alternatively, a pass can be purchased which allows entry to all eleven screenings at a reduced rate.

All films will feature Japanese language dialogue with English subtitles. The following films will be screening:

Where I Belong (12A)

2017 108m Dir: Shinji Azuma.
Friday 9th February. 6:10pm.

Izumi is an urchin who was set adrift by his parents. He is a thug, a thief and on the run from the cops, he takes to the mountains of Miyazaki in southern Japan where he comes to the aid of an older local woman, and is taken in not only by her, but also by the villagers. Based on the novel "Shabon Dama" by Asa Nonami, this is a beautifully rendered human drama of crime and redemption, located in a picturesque mountain village in Japan.

The Mole Song - Undercover Agent Reiji (15)

2013 130m Dir: Takashi Miike.
Friday 9th February. 8:40pm.

Inept rookie cop Reiji Kikukawa falls short of busting a city councillor who's caught molesting a teenage girl. Fired without ceremony, he is quickly rehired for an undercover mission to infiltrate a Yakuza clan. Reiji soon befriends Crazy Papillon, No. 2 in the gang. Sharing Reiji's taste in fashion as well as his distaste for drugs. But how far will Reiji go in the underworld to bring down the gangsters? Highly entertaining and hilarious Yakuza film by master filmmaker Takashi Miike.

Mumon: The Land Of Stealth (12A)

2017  125m  Dir: Yoshihiro Nakamura.
Saturday 10th February. 12:10pm.

Raised suckling poison arrows among the sparring Iga ninja factions, Mumon is a carefree 16th-century mercenary. When the ninja council makes a power play to defeat the young Nobukatsu Oda, Mumon jumps into the fray to satisfy his new bride Okuni’s demand that he make good on his promises of wealth, but soon finds what is worth fighting for beyond money or nation. Featuring a jazzy soundtrack and fantastical ninja tricks.

Room For Let (12A)

1957 112m Dir: Yuzo Kawashima.
Saturday 10th February. 2:30pm.

When Yumiko Tsuyama, a potter by profession, comes inquiring about a room for rent in an old mansion overlooking Osaka, she finds a bizarre collection of characters already living there. The unlikely leader of this menagerie is Yoda Goro, who speaks four languages fluently, is an expert at cabbage rolls, and has written how-to books encompassing every aspect of human existence. This film is a masterpiece of satire and light comedy rotating a story around an expert survivor who can never quite find the privacy or isolation he desires. 

Initiation Love (15)

2015 110m Dir: Yukihiko Tsutsumi.
Saturday 10th February. 4:45pm.

It was love at first sight for university student Suzuki when he met Mayu at a group date he wasn’t even meant to attend. After graduating, Suzuki takes up a job at a local office in Shizuoka. However, he gets relocated to the head office in Tokyo. Suzuki is determined to carry on their relationship, but the long distance and the attentions of an attractive co-worker eventually take their toll. Is his first love worth saving? 

The Dark Maidens (15)

2017 105m Dir: Saiji Yakumo. 
Saturday 10th February. 7:00pm.

A murder mystery following six pretty JK (high school girls), all have something to hide. One day, pupil Itsumi dies at the High School. The daughter of the school’s administrator, she was envied by all the students there. Surrounding her death is a shroud of mystery; did Itsumi kill herself, or was she killed accidentally or intentionally? 

Memoirs Of A Murderer (18)

2017 117m Dir: Yu Irie.
Saturday 10th February. 9:00pm.

When a mysterious man announces his book confessing to a series of decades-old gruesome murders shortly after the statute of limitations has passed, its publication incites a media frenzy. Performing outlandish gestures of apology to his victims’ families while describing his crimes in proud detail, the self-professed killer’s eccentric flouting of norms and slick pompadour draws fawning admirers and ignorant media commentators. A box office smash hit in Japan.

Sing My Life (PG)

2016 125m Dir: Nobuo Mizuta.
Sunday 11th February. 1:40pm.

Katsu is an incorrigible and eccentric grandmother who has worked tirelessly to make ends meet. Now at 73, Katsu finds herself trapped, taking care of her executive daughter and guitar-loving grandson. On a whim, she wanders into a magical portrait studio and transforms into her 20-year-old self! With her newfound energy and freedom, she joins her grandson’s rock band and fulfils her singing dreams.

Oh Lucy! (15)

2017 95m Dir: Atsuko Hirayanagi.
Sunday 11th February. 4:10pm.

Setsuko is a depressed, socially isolated office worker, a tiny cog in Japan’s working culture. Into her life pops her young, energetic niece Mika, who persuades her to join an unusual English class led by John (Josh Hartnett). John’s strange and enticing teaching methods, which involve deeply immersive (and very funny) roleplay, soon take their toll on Setsuko. Wacky, adventurous and funny, the film was nominated for the Golden Camera award and the Critic’s Week Grand Prize at Cannes.

Sword Of The Stranger (15)

2007 102m Dir: Masahiro Ando.
Sunday 11th February. 6:10pm.

Hunted by the Mings from China, a young Kotaro and his dog meet a nameless samurai, haunted by dreams of the past which lead him to seal his sword. The reason behind the Mings’ pursuit tests the bond between Kotaro and Nanashi. A classic anime celebrating its tenth anniversary, this breath taking and thrilling action anime features stunningly animated fight scenes.

Gukoroku: Traces Of Sin (15)

2016  120m  Dir: Kei Ishikawa.
Sunday 11th February. 8:45pm.

Tanaka, an investigative reporter, immerses himself into a story about a shocking murder case that remains unsolved. As interview stories unfold, Tanaka begins to discover that the family was not as ideal as believed, and the interviewees themselves unveil their own hidden natures, revealing a disturbing portrait of social elitism.