Do you love Japanese film classics, anime or contemporary cinema stories? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Would you like to learn and discuss about Japanese culture and society?
Join us for the new Japan Society Film Club where we will chat online about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere. If you yearn to go to the cinema during the lockdown, this is the event for you!
Japan Society Film Clubs will take place on the first Wednesday of the month. We will recommend a film to watch in advance and meet online to discuss. Films are often available online for free, on DVD or at BFI player(*) which this year is celebrating Japan 2020, a special season on Japanese cinema. When possible, we will invite film experts to introduce and lead the discussion, but the event is open to all and we encourage participants to freely express their opinions and feelings about the films.
For the July session of the Film Club, we invite you to join us to discuss After Life directed by Hirokazu Koreeda in 1998.
After Life (『ワンダフルライフ』) is a touching drama exploring the connections between life and death, memory and reality. The story is set in a peaceful limbo where recently deceased people arrive to choose their happiest memory to bring with them into the afterlife. Beautifully shot in a documentary style, After Life also reflects about the place of cinema in the creative process of making memories.
Hirokazu Koreeda (1962-) is one of the most celebrated and awarded Japanese filmmakers in contemporary cinema. Working as film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, he is known by his sensitive depictions of the family life and social issues in contemporary Japan in films such as Nobody Knows, Still Walking and Shoplifters which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. After Life is Koreeda's second feature film which he also wrote and edited.
If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email email@example.com.
* Films at the BFI player are available with a monthly subscription (£4.99/month after 14 day free trial). As a charity organisation, BFI helps to support films and the film industry in the UK.
Please remember to watch the film in advance. After Life is available at the BFI player with subscription and on Amazon Prime to rent or buy.
Free - Booking essential
Priority for Japan Society Members
Please remember to watch the film in advance. After Life is available at the BFI player with subscription and on Amazon Prime to rent or buy