Japan Season

Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

All films in Japanese with English subtitles

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Supported by: Japan Airlines, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Okinawa Film Office.


Upcoming films & events

The Dark Maidens
The Dark Maidens (18)
Set in an academy for daughters of the rich and powerful, this captivating murder mystery revolves around the death of literature club chairman Itsumi – rumours soon circulate that the culprit is one of the club’s members; but who did it?
  • Thu 1 Mar
  • 18.10
Japanese Girls Never Die
Japanese Girls Never Die (18)
Cryptic graffiti appearing across town; a girl gang violently attacking men at random—are they all related to Haruko Azumi’s disappearance?
  • Tue 6 Mar
  • 18.15
MUMON: The Land of Stealth
MUMON: The Land of Stealth + Intro (18)
The tale of Mumon, an invincible but carefree shinobi (ninja) whose actions soon find him involved in a deadly war with the son of the imperious warlord Nobunaga Oda.
  • Tue 13 Mar
  • 18.00
room to let
Room For Let (18)
A hilarious portrait of Osaka low-life revolving around Yoda Goro, a jack of all trades renting a room in a mansion with a host of other eccentric occupants.
  • Wed 14 Mar
  • 18.00
After school
After School (18)
Middle school teacher Jinno joins forces with a seedy private detective to find his friend who disappears on the eve of his child’s birth. An atypical film by director Kenji Uchida filled with puzzles and surprises.
  • Sun 18 Mar
  • 18.10
the long excuse
The Long Excuse (18)
Novelist Sachio receives news of his wife’s death whilst he is with another woman. Unable to shed a tear, Sachio struggles to play the role of a bereaved husband in Miwa Nishikawa’s gently humorous portrait of a man with dubious morality.
  • Wed 21 Mar
  • 18.00
Memoirs of a Murderer
Memoirs of a Murderer + Q&A (18)
When a legal loophole allows a string of unsolved murders to pass the statute of limitations, the fame-hungry killer emerges in public spotlight announcing the release of his “tell-all” book.
  • Thu 22 Mar
  • 18.00
the mole song
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (18)
A hilarious and energetic manga adaptation following inept rookie cop Reiji, sent on a mission to infiltrate Sukiya-kai, Japan’s most notorious Yakuza clan.
  • Wed 28 Mar
  • 18.00


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