Japan Foundation touring film programme

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema
5 February – 26 March 2016 nationwide

(All films are in Japanese with English subtitles)

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, the largest and only programme focusing on Japanese cinema in the UK, returns in 2016 offering an enlightening and expansive introduction to Japanese cinema, exploring issues surrounding the ways people live, and the views towards life and death in Japan.
Touring to 13 cities nationwide, the programme features films from a broad range of genres, including classics by Japanese legendary filmmakers, documentary, contemporary films and the latest anime blockbusters.

Inspired by Akira Kurosawa's iconic 1952 film IKIRU ("To Live"), the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 will provide an exciting collection of films looking at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people's lives, and how people across the ages persever, negotiate and reconcile with the environment and situation they live in.

For full details please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

Film line-up:

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (ふがいない僕は空を見た) Yuki Tanada (2012), 140min

A Farewell to Jinu (ジヌよさらば~かむろば村へ~) Suzuki Matsuo, (2015), 121min

The Letter (手紙) Jiro Shono (2006), 121min

Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く) Azuma Morisaki (2013), 113min

Cheers From Heaven (天国からのエール) Makoto Kumazawa (2011), 114min

Noriben - The Recipe for Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁) Akira Ogata (2009), 107min

Uzumasa Limelight (太秦ライムライト) Ken Ochiai (2014), 103min

I'll Give it My All...Tomorrow (僕はまだ本気だしてないだけ) Yuichi Fukuda (2013), 105min

Being Good (きみはいい子)Mipo O (2015), 121min

Tale of a Butcher Shop (ある精肉店のはなし) Aya Hanabusa (2013), 109min

A Japanese Tragedy (日本の悲劇�) Keisuke Kinoshita (1953), 144min

The Elegant life of Mr Everyman (江分利満氏の優雅な生活) Kihachi Okamoto(1963), 102min

Anthem of the Heart (心がさけびたがってるんだ。) Tatsuyuki Nagai (2015), 119min

Miss Hokusai (百日紅~Miss Hokusai~) Keiichi Hara (2015), 93min


I'll Give it My All...Tomorrow
Image: © 2013 “I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow” Film Partners

Uzumasa Limelight
Image: © Uzumasa Limelight Film Partners

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is produced and organised by the Japan Foundation. Supported by Japan Airlines, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Okinawa Film Office and the Japan Centre.