Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 Brings Another Stellar Lineup of Japanese Cinema to UK

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 Brings Another Stellar Lineup of Japanese Cinema to UK

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this February with another fantastically diverse lineup of (mostly) recent films under the heading, Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema. The theme of the programme is described as follows:

“Taking inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s famous quote “Life is a desire, not a meaning”, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 features an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of “desires, hopes and impulses”. Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.”

Running from 3 February to 29 March 2017, the tour will start in London's ICA before touching down in major cities across the UK. Check the website for your nearest screening.

See below for the full lineup of films.

The Programme:

The Mohican Comes Home, 2016

Director: Shuichi Okita
Starring: Ryuhei Matsuda, Akira Emoto, Atusko Maeda

Destruction Babies

Director: Tetsuya Mariko
Starring: Yuya Yagira, Masaki Suda, Nana Komatsu

Somebody’s Xylophone

Director: Yoichi Higashi
Starring: Takako Tokiwa, Sosuke Ikematsu, Aimi Satsukawa

Flying Colours

Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Starring: Kasumi Arimura, Atsushi Ito, Shuhei Nomura

Pieta in the Toilet

Director: Daishi Matsunaga
Starring: Yojiro Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky

A Stitch of Life

Director: Yukiko Mishima
Starring: Miki Nakatani, Takahiro Miura, Hairi Katagiri

Kabukicho Love Hotel

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Starring: Shota Sometani, Atsuko Maeda, Kaho Minami

Lady Maiko

Director: Masayuki Suo
Starring: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Eri Watanabe

Pale Moon

Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Starring: Rie Miyazawa, Sosuke Ikematsu, Satomi Kobayashi

A Sparkle of Life

Director: Bunji Sotoyama
Starring: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Akira Takarada, Gaku Yamamoto

Flora on the Sand

Director: Ko Nakahira
Starring: Noboru Nakaya, Kazuko Inano, Mieko Nishio

Odd Obsession

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Starring: Machiko Kyo, Ganjiro Nakamura, Junko Kano

Tsukiji Wonderland

Director: Naotaro Endo

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Yuya Yagira in Destruction Babies

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