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Japan Foundation

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.

Japan Foundation: The Mole Song - Undercover Agent Reiji

A hilarious and energetic manga adaptation following inept rookie cop Reiji (Toma Ikuta), sent on a mission to infiltrate Sukiya-kai, Japan’s most notorious Yakuza clan. Directed by cult filmmaker Takashi Miike, who recently celebrated the release of his 100th film, Blade of the Immortal, this action comedy is not to be missed.
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Japan Foundation: Sword of the Stranger

In this breathtaking anime set in feudal-era Japan, young Kotaro is pursued by the royal army of China’s Ming Dynasty. When his loyal dog Tobimaru is injured in an ambush, Kotaru reluctantly recruits a mysterious, nameless samurai as his bodyguard. However, “No-name” has a guilty past and his own inner demons to battle. A classic animation featuring stunningly animated fight scenes.
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Japan Foundation: Oh Lucy!

A quiet, emotionally unfulfilled Japanese woman takes some unusual English lessons and embraces her American alter ego, embarking on a journey of desire, passion and betrayal through Southern California. Recommended age: 15+
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Japan Foundation: Gukoroku - Traces of Sin

A troubled journalist looks into a cold case involving the murder of a seemingly perfect family in this seductive, twist-filled mystery.
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Japan Foundation: Japanese Girls Never die

Edgy, experimental and proudly anarchic, Japanese Girls Never Die is a stirring protest against misogyny in contemporary Japan. Recommended age: 15+
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Japan Foundation: Memoirs of a Murderer + Q&A

A remake of the 2012 South Korean thriller Confession of Murder, director Yu Irie's take is a gripping look at man who confesses to a string of unsolved murders that terrorised Tokyo 22 years ago. Recommended age: 15+
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