The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

  • Gukoroku: Traces of Sin, dir. Kei Ishikawa, Japan 2016
  • ©2017 “The Dark Maidens”Film Partners, ©Rikako Akiyoshi/Futabasha Publishers Ltd. 2013
  • Initiation Love, dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Japan 2015

(Un)true Colours - Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema

2 February to 28 March 2018

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is back with a record-breaking 18 partner venues participating this year! The theme this year is (Un)true Colours - Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema.

Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

List of films:

After School Kenji Uchida, 2008
Room for Let Yuzo Kawashima, 1957
Sing My Life Nobuo Mizuta, 2016
Birds Without Names Kazuya Shiraishi, 2017
Memoirs of a Murderer Yu Irie, 2017
MUMON: The Land of Stealth Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2017
Where I Belong Shinji Azuma, 2017
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji Takashi Miike, 2013
Initiation Love Yukihiko Tsutsumi, 2015
The Dark Maidens Saiji Yakumo, 2017
Oh Lucy! Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2017
Gukoroku - Traces of Sin Kei Ishikawa, 2016
Joy of Man's Desiring Masakazu Sugita, 2014
The Long Excuse Miwa Nishikawa, 2016
Japanese Girls Never Die Daigo Matsui, 2016
Sword of the Stranger Masahiro Ando, 2007

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