Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Happiness is a State of Mind

We're proud to be participating in the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme again this year, with another jam-packed season celebrating some of the best classic and contemporary Japanese cinema you won’t find anywhere else.

This year’s season is all about the pursuit of happiness and the search for fulfilment and meaning. Featuring charming and funny tales about the ups and downs of parent-child relationships in the brilliant My Dad is a Heel Wrestler and Bento Harrassment, a romance that transcends earthly bonds in the fantastic new anime Ride Your Wave, and a twisted search for love that sees ten women plotting a murder together in Kon Ichikawa’s thrilling 1961 film Ten Dark Women. With all this plus much more, this year’s programme is bursting with cinematic gems.

All films in Japanese with English subtitles


Since 2004, the Japan Foundation has, in partnership with distinguished film venues across the nation, introduced UK audiences to some of the finest Japanese films, showcasing the diversity and uniqueness of Japanese cinema with a line-up of contemporary titles that have never had a UK release. From thrilling dramas and documentaries to anime and classic masterpieces, the touring programme presents a chance to see some of the best work from one of the world’s most exciting cinemas on the big screen.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 has been programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa (Japan Foundation London) and Mayu Honda (Japan Foundation Tokyo), coordinated by Darian De La Cruz (Japan Foundation London), with help by Yukino Ishimaru and Jessica Mancoo. Special thanks to Alex Jacoby and Kiyomi Nakazaki.

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With Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU, and in Cultural Partnership with Modern Culture.



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