Art & Design

Aspects of Japanses Cinema

19 October - 19 December 2010, London

For two months, from 19 October to 19 December, Barbican Film presents an impressive programme of Japanese film, which complements Barbican Art Gallery's  Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.


The programme includes three Directorspectives focusing of the work of Japanese film directors from three different eras of cinema, for whom costume and set design formed a critical element of their work - Kenji MizoguchiAkira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano.


The Mizoguchi Directorspective launches on Sunday 24 October with a screening of The Water Magician accompanied, for the first time in the UK, by benshi narration and live traditional Japanese musical accompaniment on the koto.


The screening will be introduced by Japanese film expert Tony Rayns. The season also features GirlsWorld, a series of contemporary Japanese films focusing on women, including a Cosplay special event on Saturday 6 November, and a schlockfest double bill for Halloween, as well as two Japanimation screenings.

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise stated.

Film tickets from £8.50 online


Date Time Title
19 Oct 8:30 pm XxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  8:30 pm TsubasaThe Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom
21 Oct 6 pm Nana
24 Oct 1 pm Instant Swamp
  4 pm The Water Magician (Taki no Shiraito)
29 Oct 7:30 pm Robo Geisha
  9:30 pm Kyonyu doragon (Big Tits Zombie 3D)
31 Oct 6 pm The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Zangiku Monogatari)
3 Nov 6:30 pm Ugetsu monogatari
  8:30 pm Sansho The Bailiff (Sansho dayu)
4 Nov 8:45 pm Lala Pipo: A Lot of People
6 Nov 11 pm Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari)
7 Nov 2:15 pm The Great Adventure of Hutch the Honeybee
13 Nov 2 pm Memories of Matsuko
14 Nov 2 pm Sakuran
  6:15 pm Hana bi (Firework)
  8:15 pm Brother
15 Nov 6:30 pm Dolls
  8:40 pm Zatoichi
3 Dec 6 pm Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jo)
  8:30 pm Rashomon
8 Dec 6 pm Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi)
  8:30 pm The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi-toride no san-akunin)
9 Dec 7 pm Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)
19 Dec 2:30 pm Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)
Thursday 19 October to sunday 19 December 2010
Barbican Cinema, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Box office tel:0845 120 7527
Barbican Cinema