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East End Film Festival

East End Film Festival

The East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals, presenting a rich and diverse programme aiming to support and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers. This year’s programme includes Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s adaptation of Kanae Minato’s famous novel in Penance (2012), and up-and-coming director Daisuke Shimote’s Kuro (2012), which […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Choshu Five

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Choshu Five

It is 1863, ten years after the United States Navy officer Commodore Perry and his black ships sailed into Tokyo Bay and awoke Japan, which had been closed off from the world for over 200 years. With Japan yet to emerge from its isolation, five samurai from Choshu (the current Yamaguchi prefecture) are smuggled to […]

Pluto (Myungwangsung): Edinburgh International Film Festival

Pluto (Myungwangsung): Edinburgh International Film Festival

At an elite boarding school, the murder of a top student adds fuel to the rivalry and suspicion among his class. One of the suspects, a boy who has so far failed to break into the coveted ranks of the top ten students, uncovers a frightening conspiracy among his classmates. The poisonous atmosphere at the […]

Japanese Folk: Song, Dance, Instruments (Summer School)

Japanese Folk: Song, Dance, Instruments (Summer School)

Traditional folk song (min’yo) opens doors to various aspects of Japan’s culture and also to a challenging world of music and dance. Participants will taste not only the singing and a bit of dancing but also the instruments: shamisen 3-stringed ‘banjo’, shakuhachi and shinobue bamboo flutes, and percussion. The main teachers will be the professionals […]

Director Talk: Atsushi Funahashi

Director Talk: Atsushi Funahashi

Atsushi Funahashi is one of Japan’s celebrated up-and-coming filmmaking talents emerging on the global stage. Having started making films in the United States, Funahashi’s Office Kitano produced film Big River (2005) was his first of four consecutive films selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, and his career has developed steadily since. Following the disaster […]

Preserving Culture on the Margins: Toyama Prefecture in the Postwar Era

Preserving Culture on the Margins: Toyama Prefecture in the Postwar Era

The populist tone that has characterized recent Japanese elections recalls a time more than fifty years in the past when people on the margins of society were seen, as never before, to hold a key to the future of the nation. This talk looks primarily at articles, editorials, and special issues of writings by young […]

400 years ago: The English mission to Japan and its legacy – Timon Screech

400 years ago: The English mission to Japan and its legacy – Timon Screech

This illustrated lecture will outline the historical facts, but also bring to life the gripping story of human interaction, bravery and mutual attempts at comprehension, that surround the first trade interactions between Britain and Japan in 1613, 400 years ago this September. The Clove left England together with two other vessels of the East India […]

The National Orchestra of Korea

The National Orchestra of Korea

After major concerts around the world, the National Orchestra of Korea finally make their London debut with this Barbican concert, which opens the K-Music Festival, a London-wide celebration of the best of Korean music. Under their artistic director Won Il, this acclaimed Orchestra have developed a special voice in Korean culture – drawing on traditional […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club