The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, 2 February to 28 March 2019

The Japan Foundation tours a group of films each year in the UK. This year there are 18 films with some showings in each of 20 venues. Each venue (click on the image above to see your nearest venues) selects a handful of films from the 18 and since most of the venues are far apart and only show the title once it’s virtually impossible to see all the films. Instead it’s pot-luck which titles are available locally. Still, that’s part of the fun and you often get to see something you might not have chose otherwise- and enjoy it.  I hope to get to at least two venues this year after failing to make any last year and feeling that I missed out.

This year the loose theme is ‘People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema’. Most of the films are productions from the last few years, several from 2018. Many are UK premieres. I don’t think any of them have been commercially distributed in the UK. The films include an anime and an archive print, this year it is Where Chimneys Are Seen from 1953. Going solely by title, I’m tempted by Her Love Boils Bathwater.

All films are subtitled. There is a programme brochure and notes for each film. You won’t normally get the chance to see films like this, so give it a go!

Here’s the trailer for Three Stories of Love, showing in nine venues.

One comment

  1. keith1942

    This is an excellent annual event. It always includes at least one classic; this year
    ‘Where Chimneys Are Seen’ / ‘Entotsu no mieru basho’ (1953) Gosho, Heinosuke.
    I saw it last in the now sadly defunct Yorkshire Federation of Film Societies [now Cinema for All – Yorkshire] film weekend at Cober Hill, in North Yorkshire.
    I recommend the film highly. Sheffield have this in their programme.
    Roy’s comments about the difficulties is apt. Once again not a single title from this programme is screening in Leeds or Bradford. Given that there is an International Film Festival in the former the absence is mystyfying.

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