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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017

The 2017 edition of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, will showcase the best in both mainstream and independent anime and feature a host of Welsh premieres including Masaaki Yuasa’s The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (pictured) and Shukou Murase’s SF thriller Genocidal Organ – a real treat […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル)

Films at the Embassy of Japan: 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル)

Takaki and Akari become best friends at elementary school, but they are separated as her family has to move away from the area. After a year apart, Takaki, now a junior high school student, decides to see Akari again. As he sits in the train travelling from Tokyo to Tochigi prefecture, memories of the past […]

The 2nd London East Asia Film Festival 19-29 October 2017

The 2nd London East Asia Film Festival 19-29 October 2017

We are excited to host some of our esteemed guests for LEAFF this year. From directors to actors and artists, flying across the world to be a part of our Film Festival, we welcome 14 directors and 7 actors and actresses! The Festival not only focuses on celebrating East Asian Cinema in all its glory, […]

Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama

Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama

BFI presents, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, a season highlighting the female stars that shone in the melodrama of Japanese cinema’s ‘Golden Age’. The season features titles rarely screened in the UK, spotlighting the magnificent actors who starred in them – figures such as Kinuyo Tanaka, Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko […]

London Korean Film Night: La Vie en Rose

London Korean Film Night: La Vie en Rose

Date: 24 August, 7:00pm Venue: Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD La Vie en Rose feels like a Tarantino movie set in a comic book shop. It’s a film that works over many genres, ranging from martial arts to vengeance, from coming-of-age to finding your place in life. Imagine […]

London Korean Film Night: It’s Not Her Sin

London Korean Film Night: It’s Not Her Sin

Produced during the ‘golden age’ of Korean cinema, It’s Not Her Sin tells the story of Seong-hui, wife of the diplomat Baek Sang-ho. After shooting at her husband’s mistress, Yeong-suk, Seong-hui is arrested by the police. With the media reporting a love triangle between the three, Yeong-suk is called in for questioning. With a prosecutor […]

Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン)

Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン)

Gen Nakaoka is in the second grade at the local elementary school. He is living with his parents, an older sister and a younger brother. His mother is pregnant and is expecting to give birth soon. Although the family is poor, their lives are happy and harmonious. On 6 August, the US bomber Enola Gay […]

The Japanese House: I Was Born, But… with live piano and Benshi narration

The Japanese House: I Was Born, But… with live piano and Benshi narration

In conjunction with the exhibition The Japanese House and Benshi event on 23 June, Barbican present a screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s early comedy I Was Born, But…, one of the few surviving examples of Ozu’s silent period filmmaking, featuring live piano accompaniment by Mie Yanashita and Benshi narration by Hideyuki Yamashiro. Date: 25 June 2017 […]

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