PREMIERE JAPAN, now in its seventh successive year, brings to you six of the latest films - including drama, documentary and fantasy anime - from Japan at the Barbican Centre in London from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November.
Moving to a new venue this year, the weekend of new Japanese cinema proves to be as good as ever, opening with Locarno International Film Festival winner TOKYO PARK (TOKYO KOEN), by director Aoyama Shinji on Friday 25 November.
On Saturday 26th, SKETCH OF MUJO (MUJO SOBYO) by Omiya Koichi is a sensitive documentary, the first to be made shortly after the massive earthquake which hit the north-east of Japan in March. Yazaki Hitoshi's look at the fragility of relationships in SWEET LITTLE LIES (SUIITO RITORU RAIZU) is the film adaptation of a recent best-selling novel of the same name. Fresh from London Film Festival, MY BACK PAGE (MAI BAKKU PEEJI) by Yamashita Nobuhiro recreates the political turmoil of Tokyo in the late 1960s. Sunday 27th starts with LEGEND OF THE MILLENNIUM DRAGON (ONIGAMIDEN), a fantasy anime of the battle between humans and demons set in mediaeval Japan and finishing with the family drama, A MAN WITH STYLE (AZEMICHI DO DANDI) by the young director Ishii Yuya.
This year, each screening is preceded by a short film chosen from submissions made by students, both Japanese and non-Japanese, and the University of the Arts London.
PREMIERE JAPAN 2011 is presented by the Embassy of Japan, in cooporation with the Barbican Centre and with kind support from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the University of the Arts London. Films selected by Tony Rayns, Alexander Jacoby and Rayna Denison.
Standard: £10.50 / £9.50 online
Members: £8.50 / £7.50 online
Under 15: £6.00
Please contact the Barbican Centre to purchase tickets.
Box Office: 0845 120 7527