Art & Design

A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director

24 March 2018, London

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite director and screenwriter, Yu Irie. Irie began his career making short films, but is best known for directing his adaption of Jung Byoung Gil’s original gripping thriller, Memoirs of a Murderer (2017). Known to many as a director who does not conform to a set formula, he has established himself as a filmmaker with an impressive and diverse filmography, ranging anything from comedies to thrillers.


His other films include, 8000 Miles (a.k.a Saitama Rapper) (2009), which earned him the grand prize in the Off Theatre Competition at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award, and his most recent work, Vigilante (2017), a dark family drama which focuses on sibling rivalry.


As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, in which Memoirs of a Murderer is included, director Irie will be in conversation with Kate Taylor (Film Programmer at BFI London Film Festival) and will talk about the behind the scenes of creating this blockbuster film, as well as illustrate his other works and career to date. Irie will also discuss the mission as a film director, reflecting the current mode of Japanese and global cinema industry.



This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:


Yu Irie will also be attending a Q&A after the screenings of Memoirs of a Murderer at Showroom, Sheffield, from 6.00pm on 22 March; Broadway, Nottingham from 6.30pm on 23 March; and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast from 3.00pm on 25 March. To find out more please visit:


24 March 2018, 3.00pm

Soho Hotel, Screening Room 1, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London, W1D 3DH

The Japan Foundation