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Node Film Screening and Q&A

Node Film Screening and Q&A

Hirogawara is a village with a long lasting tradition of forestry located in a mountain area of Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Although municipal records drafted in 2009 recorded a population of 120 residents amongst its five districts, over half of these citizens also have an urban household in Kyoto. These iribito (newcomer) villagers who predominantly reside […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Piano in the Shed 物置のピアノ

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Piano in the Shed  物置のピアノ

Prior to the screening, there will be a special talk on “Recovery and Reconstruction in Fukushima” by a representative of the Fukushima prefectural government. In July 2012, a year and four months after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku area in Japan, the local people are still living under the shadow of the […]

London Korean Film Night: Princess Aurora (2005)

London Korean Film Night: Princess Aurora (2005)

The directorial debut of Pang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the one of the most feted of all Korean genres: the revenge film. Vengeance, bloody and violent, here is meted out by Jung Soon-jung (Uhm Jung-hwa), a mother grieving the horrific death of her young daughter, at the hands of a stranger […]

Gaea Girls Film Screening and QnA

Gaea Girls Film Screening and QnA

Filmed over a period of three months, Gaea Girls (Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 2000) is a film about courage, transformation and dreams in the extraordinary world of Japanese women’s wrestling or joshi puroresu. It marked the fifth collaborative film between Longinotto and Williams examining gender defined and gender defying roles in contemporary Japan. Although […]

Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence

Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), in partnership with the Japan Foundation, present a retrospective season highlighting the essential documentaries of Shinsuke Ogawa (1936-1992) and the filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro, founded in the late 1960s under his direction. Documenting the student struggles and the Sanrizuka protests from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s, these films […]

Exhibition of Japanese ink painting “The Beauty of Transience”

Exhibition of Japanese ink painting “The Beauty of Transience”

Constant change is an inevitable part of life: all things continuously evolve and eventually die. Transience remains a very important concept in Japanese philosophy and is strongly present in Japanese art. Each moment and stage of existence should be appreciated and enjoyed. This ephemeral aspect of all things is strongly reflected in Sumie – Japanese […]

London Korean Film Festival 2016 : 3-27 November 2016

London Korean Film Festival 2016 : 3-27 November 2016

The 11th London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) will run from 3-17 November in London followed by a tour around in the UK (Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow & Belfast) until 27 November, with over 60 films across features and shorts, a host of UK & European Premieres, Hits, Retrospectives, Animation, Documentary, and this year’s special focus […]

Speaking Out: Actor-Director Talk Kaori Momoi

Speaking Out: Actor-Director Talk Kaori Momoi

Kaori Momoi is a cinematic icon. Internationally, Momoi is renowned for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha and her role alongside Quentin Tarantino in Sukiyaki Western Django. Within Japan, she is one of the most highly respected and controversial actresses of her time. Her individualism and ambitious film choices make her an indisputable authority […]

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