Art & Design

Voices from the Past: Shadows of War in Japanese Cinema

11 - 22 August 2015, London

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a war which ended in Japan in August 1945. Since then traces of the war have been prevalent in the arts of Japan right through to today, and cinema is by no means an exception.

Reflecting on life back then, the Japan Foundation has put together a selection of rarely screened films set before, during and after the Second World War, produced by filmmakers, such as Kazuo Kuroki and Yoji Yamada, who strived to depict the experiences of those directly affected by the conflict in different ways.



Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 6:30pm
The Face of Jizo
Directed by Kazuo Kuroki / 2004 / 99mins / Colour / English subtitles


Thursday, 13 August 2015, 6:30pm
Directed by Akio Kondo / 2011 / 105min / English Subtitles


Saturday, 15 August 2015,

Song of the Spring Horse
Directed by Seijiro Koyama / 1987 / 110mins / Colour / English subtitles


Barefoot Gen
FILM CLUB - featuring introduction and discussion chaired by Nick Walker
(Rochester Kino)
Directed by Mori Masaki / 1983 / 83mins / Colour / English subtitles

Kabei: Our Mother
Directed by Yoji Yamada / 2008 / 133mins / Colour / English subtitles


Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 6:30pm
Ah, My Voiceless Friends
Directed by Tadashi Imai / 1972 / 106mins / Colour / English subtitles


Thursday, 20 August 2015, 6:30pm
Best Wishes for Tomorrow
Directed by Takashi Koizumi / 2008 / 110mins / Colour / English subtitles


Saturday, 22 August 2015

A Boy’s Summer in 1945
Directed by Kazuo Kuroki / 2002 / 118mins / Colour / English subtitles

Children of Nagasaki
Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita / 1983 / 127mins / Colour / English subtitles

Ashita (Tomorrow)
FILM CLUB - featuring introduction and discussion chaired by Jasper Sharp
Directed by Kazuo Kuroki / 1988 / 105mins / Colour / English subtitles


These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential.
To book a place, please visit:

11 - 22 August 2015

Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

The Japan Foundation