Spring Explorers! - Free Film Programme
20 - 22 April 2018, London
As we enter the season of new beginnings, join us for a fresh programme of Japanese films which present their pivotal characters entering new stages (and worlds) in their own lives - from unlikely introductions to fatherhood for the sake of a rogue pup, to the navigation of an inverted universe by a girl ushered into an age of maturity.
Friday 20 April 2018:Courthouse Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL
Patema Inverted 6.40pm (including 20 minute talk)
(Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, 2013, 99 mins, English subtitles, PG)
Patema has lived her whole life underground. Her community forced into the darkness, she roams the tunnels she calls home by torchlight. Age is a misfit who lives in the world of Aiga, controlled by the tyrant Izamura family for generations. The city at the centre of the kingdom is dominated by a massive control tower with a vast wasteland lurking in the horizon. Together the pair are about to be experience something big enough to turn their worlds upside down.
**Before the screening there will be a short talk by anime expert Helen Mc Carthy, author of Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation : Films, Themes, Artistry (1999), The Anime Encyclopedia (2001), 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide (2008), along with many other titles.
Saturday 21 April 2018:Screening Room 1, The Soho hotel, 4 Richmond Mews London, W1D 3DH
(Directed by Toru Kamei, 2009, 106 mins, English subtitles, U)
A film adaption of the TV series depicting the journey of a middle-aged man with a two-month old puppy in search of his mother.
Thermae Romae 5.00pm
(Directed by Hideki Takeuchi, 2012, 108 min, English subtitles, PG)
Lucius (Abe), an architect of spa baths for the Roman Empire, inadvertently travels through time and finds himself in a modern Japanese bathhouse. He takes elements of Japanese culture that he learns back to ancient Rome and is commanded by the Emperor to build a giant spa.
Sunday 22 April 2018: Courthouse Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL
Twenty-Four Eyes 2.40pm
(Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954, 156 min, English subtitles, PG)
The story follows the relationship between bright young teacher Hisaki Oishi (Takamine) and her first class of twelve children, charmingly played by local children and young adults, at different stages in their lives. Although recognised by the school master for her talent, city girl Hisaki is mistrusted by this remote island community. However, soon both adults and children alike fall for her charms only to see the impending war irreversibly change their lives.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential. You are able to book a maximum of two tickets for only one screening. If you would like to book for more than one film, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org detailing which film you would like to attend and we will add you to a waitlist.
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