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Films at the Embassy of Japan: Bushido Sixteen

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Bushido Sixteen

Kaori is a junior high kendo champion. She has been undefeated until one day she loses unexpectedly to an opponent in the same year. Six months later, at a prestigious girls’ high school, she is reunited with her nemesis, Sanae, who has changed and does not even take kendo seriously. Sanae simply likes kendo and […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Rail Truck (トロッコ)

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Rail Truck (トロッコ)

With the ashes of their late father, Atsushi, Toki and their mother travel from Tokyo to a mountain village in the south of Taiwan. Having been raised in the big city, the boys are wide-eyed at the verdant rural scenery. And waiting for them is a Taiwanese grandfather who speaks Japanese. Atsushi, strongly conscious that […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Kikujiro 菊次郎の夏

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Kikujiro 菊次郎の夏

It’s the summer holidays! But Masao, living with his grandmother, has nothing to look forward to. His friends have all gone away on family trips and even the football club is closed for the summer break. The only task Masao has is to write in his picture diary. He decides to go on an adventure […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Burmese Harp  ビルマの竪琴

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Burmese Harp  ビルマの竪琴

“Mizushima, come home with us!” These are the iconic words from one of the most famous and touching scenes of this film. In the summer of 1945, the Japanese forces on the Burma front are finding it difficult to retreat across the border into Thailand. Private First Class Mizushima, who has made a Burmese harp, […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Family Secret  ひき逃げファミリー

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Family Secret  ひき逃げファミリー

Set in the 1990s, this film uses black humour to cast a sharp, satirical eye at the problems facing modern Japanese families. Hiroshi accidentally hits a young woman with his car and flees in panic. He confesses to his wife, Yoko, who persuades him to keep quiet as his arrest would mean the end for […]

How Did Architects Respond Immediately After 3/11?

How Did Architects Respond Immediately After 3/11?

The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 left many towns in the Tohoku region of Japan devastated by the resultant tsunami. This has caused many architects to question the potential of architecture, and its past limitations. They have not just sat idly by watching the developments since then, instead becoming actively involved in regenerating […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Hana no Ato (After the flowers) 花のあと

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Hana no Ato (After the flowers) 花のあと

A northeastern feudal domain in the Edo period. Trained in swordsmanship by her father, Ito has such excellent skill at swordplay that she defeats the best students at a dojo. Under enthralling cherry blossoms, Ito is suddenly greeted by a young samurai, Magoshiro. After crossing swords with him in a match, she grows fond of […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Wife of Gegege

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Wife of Gegege

A heartwarming story depicting the younger days of Mizuki Shigeru, the author of “Gegege no Kitaro”, the well-known comic on ‘yokai’ (supernatural beings), and his wife, who supported him through the years. In 1961, 29-year-old Nunoe and Shigeru, who lost his left arm in the war, get married, just five days after being introduced at […]

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