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. Whether or not it is a conscious decision, we all want to pursue happiness. This yearning 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? Keeping the theme in mind and posing these questions, 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 ahead of screenings of another ten films over the weekend of 21 - 23 February.
A season pass allows entry to all of these screenings at a significant discount (Eleven standard film tickets at QUAD would normally cost a total of £107.80.)
Standard - £55
Concessions / QUAD Members - £50
16 – 25 Year olds (ID showing your date of birth required) - £35
Friday 7 February 6:10pm - Her Sketchbook (Advised 12A) + Director Q+A
Friday 21 February 6:30pm - And Your Bird Can Sing (Advised 18)
Friday 21 February 8:45pm - Shadowfall (Advised 15)
Saturday 22 February 1:00pm - Ten Dark Women (Advised 15)
Saturday 22 February 3:10pm - My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler (Advised PG)
Saturday 22 February 6:30pm - Ride Your Wave (Advised 12A)
Saturday 22 February 8:35pm - The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps (Advised 12A)
Sunday 23 February 2:30pm - Bento Harassment (Advised PG)
Sunday 23 February 4:45pm - Jesus (Advised 12A) - CANCELLED
Sunday 23 February 6:35pm - My Love Story! (Advised 12A)
Sunday 23 February 8:45pm - Kakegurui Compulsive Gambler (Advised 12A) - CANCELLED
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.