Japan Foundation Touring Programme 2024

Unforgettable: Memories, Times, and Reflections in Japanese Cinema

Memories serve a powerful function in the mind. So fluidly shaped by individuals or time, whether consciously or unconsciously, memories seem to have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 will explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from the film where memories are a focal point, to the works that they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds or behaviour.

From human dramas to horror, from LGBTQ films to time-travelling comedy and stylish sci-fi, each film mirrors the Japanese society of the time it was made. Some are highly entertaining, while others are thought-provoking. Showcasing works by both seasoned directors and emerging talents, this programme will also present how versatile contemporary Japanese films are and introduce exciting new filmmakers.

About the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has been organising an annual Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK. Each year, from recently released contemporary films to classics and anime, the Japanese films which we believe are worth showing but do not necessarily have an opportunity to be screened in this country are curated under a carefully chosen theme to highlight trends in Japanese cinema and showcase the versatility and uniqueness displayed by its filmmakers.

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