The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

07 Feb
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23 Feb 2020

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema

The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme returns in 2020 with an exciting showcase of Japanese cinema through the narrative framework of the ways in which people feel ‘happiness’.

Nobody lives their lives wishing to be unhappy. This yearning for happiness has been expressed in many artistic forms and reflects the audiences’ desire to ‘feel good’ – a concept which has been thoroughly covered in the entertainment industry, with cinematic cultures all over the world offering various imaginative, and quite often utopian, worlds where characters attain their “happily ever after”. In the 21st century, the road to happiness and the ways in which Japanese people feel good might not be so straight- forward, given that they live in a complex world with uncertain future. What is it that they feel content with and what do filmmakers wish to express in their cinematic voices? This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will look into the ways Japanese people try to lead their own lives in pursuit of personal satisfaction and beyond.

QUAD will screen eleven films from the programme in February 2020, beginning with a special director Q+A screening of Her Sketchbook on the evening of 7 February at 6:10pm ahead of screenings of another ten films over the weekend of 21 - 23 February.

Tickets to individual screenings can be booked at the links below. Season passes allowing entry to all eleven films at a significant discount are also available.

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.

Her Sketchbook

Mami rarely leaves home since she dropped out from school. Cooped up in her room full of books and comics, she immerses herself in copying her favourite manga…

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And Your Bird Can Sing

A wonderful coming-of-age story about three slackers in Hakodate, living a carefree life – in turns exuberant and melancholic. Nights are for clubbing, karaoke…

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme returns in 2020 with an exciting showcase…

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Shadowfall

Makabe Shuichi is a professional thief who sneaks into people’s homes as they sleep to steal from them. One day he enters a home as usual and comes upon an…

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My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler

New Japan Pro Wrestling champion Hiroshi Tanahashi makes his acting debut as the gentle giant dad of a 9-year-old Shota, whose understanding of good vs evil is…

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Ride Your Wave

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…

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Ten Dark Women

Directed by Kon Ichikawa and written by his wife Natsuto Wada, Ten Dark Women is a black comedy, spiced with a convoluted crime-drama plot, about the revenge…

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The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps

Kaoruko and Kazuaki have two children and a troubled marriage. One day, their daughter almost drowns in a local swimming pool, left with little chance to…

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My Love Story!

A live adaptation of the unique girls' manga following the slapstick romantic antics of a pure-hearted and sincere guy with the looks of a meathead. Takeo Goda…

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Bento Harassment

Kaori (Ryoko Shinohara) is a single mother and she raises her high school daughter Futaba (Kyoko Yoshine). The teenager is in a rebellious phase, and ignores…

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Kakegurui

Forget grades at Hyakkaou Private Academy, an elite school for the rich, gambling is the only way to succeed. Blackjack, poker, rock-paper-scissors – winners…

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Jesus

When 9-year-old Yura moves from the city to a small town, he immediately feels lonely and isolated. All that changes during a school prayer session. Yura opens…

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