Book Launch: On Kurosawa: a Tribute to the Master Director

24 January 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

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Japanese Film Festival

1 February & 8 February 2019

University of Edinburgh

The Japanese film festival will be held at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and the Japan Foundation.


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

2 February - 28 March 2019


Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has organised a Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK.


Afternoon Tea and Film Screening with Director Keisuke Yoshida

8 February 2019

Afternoon Tea at The Delaunay & Film Screening at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Keisuke Yoshida is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. While he was still studying at Tokyo Visual Arts he started making his own independent films and participated in the films of Shinya Tsukamoto.


Films at the Embassy of Japan: NHK World Documentaries

27 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC) and NHK World Japan, Showing The Lost Hokusai & Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter


Talk: Bodyscapes - New films by Japanese artists

28 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Bodyscapes is a collection of new films by Japanese artists whose use of the body is central to their work – either as a landscape, a political metaphor or method of expression – the body acts as a vehicle and subject to communicate ideas....


Films at the Embassy of Japan: The UK premiere of STAR SAND   星砂物語, Followed by Director’s Q&A

15 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

It is the first week of April 1945. The Americans are bombarding Okinawa and have landed in their tens of thousands. But on a small island remote from the terrors of battle, 16-year-old Hiromi lives alone in a deserted house...


A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger)

28 March 2019

The Soho Hotel, London

Following the UK premiere of Dear Etranger in early February, Mishima will join us in conversation with Dr Irene González-López of Kingston University, revealing the behind the scenes production of a poignant human drama which deliberates on the meaning of "family"...


Still Walking + Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda

16 April 2019

BFI Southbank, London

This subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is reminiscent of Ozu.. ...


Films at the Embassy of Japan: Of Love & Law   愛と法

17 April 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Kazu and Fumi are running a law firm in downtown Osaka. The two male lawyers are partners not only in business but also in marriage. People showing up at the firm for advice are faced with various problems such as being in a sexual minority, child protection issues, the lack of official family records or being the subject of lawsuits. ...


Film Screening: Murasaki – A Man Fascinated by Colour

17 April & 2 May 2019

Japan House London

mmerse yourself in the daily workings of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, Kyoto, in this beautifully shot film by director KAWASE Mika....


Film Screening: The Accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito

1 - 31 May 2019

Japan House London

Screenings of performances of Gagaku at Japan House Londo
In commemoration of the accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito, and the beginning of the new era ‘Reiwa’, Japan House is screening performances of Gagaku, Imperial Court Music and Dance performed by musicians and dancers from the Imperial Household Agency...


Macoto Tezka (son of Manga God OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and talk event

19 May 2019

Prince Charles Cinema, London

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka - England Premiere...


Pre-Summer Explorers! 2019

26 - 30 June 2019

The Soho Hotel & Prince Charles Cinema, London

Come and enjoy a prelude to summer with us by immersing yourself in our feel-good comedy film season!...


Films at the Embassy of Japan: Tokyo Story 東京物語

27 June 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

An enduring masterpiece created in 1953 by Japan’s legendary film director, Yasujiro Ozu. An elderly couple, Shukichi and Tomi, living in a small fishing village in Hiroshima, visit Tokyo to see their children and grandchildren...


ONE CUT OF THE DEAD with Q&A from star Harumi Shuhama

12 July 2019

Prince Charles Cinema, London

POMdemonium comes to the PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA!
HARUMI SHUHAMA the "POM" star of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, will be in attendance for a one-off screening plus after-talk at the Prince Charles Cinema on Friday, July 12th....


Japan Youth Challenge 2019: Screening of short documentary Imphal 1944

23 July 2019

UCL Medical Sciences, London

The Japan Youth Challenge are proud to present a public screening of the short documentary Imphal 1944. This documentary tells the story of Japanese veteran Masao Hirokubo and the Battle of Imphal, a key turning point of the East-Asian Theatre in World War Two......


Film Screening: The Manga Master

30 July 2019

Japan House London

Following your visit to Japan House London’s This is MANGA exhibition, learn about one of the artform’s early pioneers with a special film screening of ‘The Manga Master’....


Third Thursday Lectures: Japanese Cinema At Home and Overseas 1950-1970

15 August 2019

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

The 1950s was a period called ‘the golden age of Japanese films’. Japanese film-makers won a string of awards, starting with Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon, which received the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and followed by Mizoguchi Kenji’s successive prizes at Venice.....


Summer Explorers 2019!

16, 17 & 20 August 2019

Screen 1, The Soho Hotel, London

Our annual Summer Explorers season is back as a summer treat - now with new venue and dates!
From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular battles between good and evil.....


Naomi Kawase: In Focus at the Open City Documentary Festival

8 & 9 September 2019

Regent Street Cinema & Curzon Soho Cinema

The Japan Foundation is proud to partner with Open City Documentary Festival on screenings of a selection of works by critically-acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase....


A season of Japanese Cinema

8 September 2019 - 23 February 2020

Altrincham Little Theatre, Altrincham

In autumn 2019/winter 2020, Altrincham Little Theatre will be hosting a season of Japanese Cinema. Following the success of our recent Italian Film Seasons, we will be joined by regular presenter Maggie Hoffgen, who will introduce the films and lead a discussion session after each screening for anyone who wishes to join in.....


Anime’s Human Machines

12 - 30 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

Anime’s Human Machines examines the challenge of the man-machine interface through eight films on various aspects of humanity’s response to technological change.


JAEFF 2019: Nation

20 - 22 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

JAEFF 2019: Nation will examine national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history in Japan with a programme of classic avant-garde cinema and contemporary experimental short form film.


A DOBUGAWA DREAM - Japanese film screening w/director & cast Q&A

23 September 2019

Vue Cinema – London Picadilly

Screening of an independent Japanese film from a young and fresh new director. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Asato Watanabe and cast...


Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

4 - 6, 19 - 20 October 2019

Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival is the only annual event which showcases the best of Japanese animation in Wales.


Films at the Embassy of Japan: Our Little Sister 海街diary

10 October 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Three sisters, Sachi, Yoshino and Chika, living in the city of Kamakura, hear of the death of their father, who disappeared from their lives fifteen years ago. At the funeral they meet a half-sister, Suzu, for the first time...


Scotland Loves Anime 2019

11 - 20 October 2019

Vairous in Scotland

Scotland Loves Anime is returning for its 10th anniversary this October...


Walk Cheerfully film screening

15 October 2019

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

A screening of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s silent gangster film Walk Cheerfully with specially composed score by Japanese music specialist Clive Bell and renowned improviser Sylvia Hallett, performed live by the benshi Tomoko Komura.


Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)

20 October 2019

BFI Southbank, London

The Japan Foundation is delighted to partner with the BFI in presenting Singing Lovebirds as part of the Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen season....


Screening: The Enthronement of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito

25 October 2019

Japan House London

The Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty The Emperor take place on 22 October 2019....


Japan Sings! – Japanese musicals at QUAD - Derby

7 - 9 November 2019

QUAD, Derby

As part of the British Film Institute’s national season of musicals, QUAD-Derby’s regular Asian movie night Satori Screen will be screening 5 Japanese musicals over three days....


Call for Dreams + Q&A

20 November 2019

Everyman King's Cross, London

The UK Jewish Film Festival 2019, our 23rd edition, runs from 6 to 21 November at 12 cinemas across London. We then screen highlights on tour in 15-20 cities across the UK until 12 December. The UK Jewish Film Festival is a BAFTA qualifying festival, showing 90 films from around the world at more than 150 screenings....


Every Day A Good Day Screening - Preview Event for JFTFP20

27 January 2020

Soho Hotel, London

As a preview for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020, the Japan Foundation is delighted to present a special screening of the film Every Day A Good Day (2018), directed by OMORI Tatsushi......


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

31 January - 29 March 2020


The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘happiness’.Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive.......


Afternoon Tea and Film Screening with Director Naoko Nobutomo

15 February 2020

Cinnamon Bazaar and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

The Japan Society is pleased to offer a small group of members the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and a chat with director Naoko Nobutomo, before the Japan Foundation screening and Q&A of her documentary I Go Gaga, My Dear (2018)......



15 February 2020

The Cinema Museum, London

2020 will be a great year for SOUTH SOCIAL FILM FESTIVAL. We celebrate our 5th year running, covering so many exciting countries. We are a truly PEOPLE POWERED FESTIVAL!....


Film Screening: Alliance by Kounosuke Kawakami

3 March 2020

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London

Protagonists in Kounosuke Kawakami’s film work explore the tensions around ideas of counter-hegemony. ...


The Great East Japan Earthquake Memorial Event ~What is to make a living? ~

11 March 2020

Gilmorehill Halls Cinema, University of Glasgow

We will show a film, “LIFE – The untold story of Fukushima Evacuation Zone”, which tells us about one family who suffered in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. ...


Films at the Embassy of Japan: Rashomon 羅生門


18 March 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

The film is set in the Heian Period, when Kyoto was the capital city of Japan. Three men are taking shelter from the rain under the Rashomon, one of the entrance gates to Kyoto. Two of them, a priest and a woodcutter.......

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