Japan Foundation 2019

PEOPLE STILL CALL IT LOVE - PASSION, AFFECTION AND DESTRUCTION IN JAPANESE CINEMA. The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected titles from Japan, all focusing on the theme of ‘Love’ in its many forms, and never before screened in the UK. Screenings take place on weekends throughout February and March. Visit for more information about the Japan Foundation.

The Scythian Lamb

Dwindling port town of Uobuka decides to welcome six strangers into the community in an effort to mitigate its population decline.
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Tonight, at the Movies

Set in the 1960s, at a time when the Japanese cinema industry faced a decline with the rising popularity of television, a struggling assistant director Kenji (Kentaro Sakaguchi) is looking for his big break.
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Where Chimneys Are Seen

Based on Rinzo Shiina’s absurdist novel, the film focuses on the microcosm of a house in 1950s Tokyo.
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Three Stories of Love

Offering a glimpse into the microcosm of relationships within Japanese society, three vignettes tell very different stories of love, loss and rejection.
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Born Bone Born

On the anniversary of their matriarch’s passing, the Shinjo family congregate in their ancestral village on remote Okinawan island of Aguni. In line with the ancient tradition practiced on the island, the family must carry out a senkotsu – or a bone washing ceremony – by exhuming the remains and ritualistically cleansing them.
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Her Love Boils Bathwater

Futaba (Rie Miyazawa) is a single mother struggling to make ends meet after her husband suddenly left her and the family’s bathhouse business went under. While coming to terms with her situation, she is dealt another blow when she is diagnosed with cancer; it’s terminal.
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Penguin Highway

10 year old Aoyama (Kana Kita) is serious beyond his years. An enthusiastic scientist, he spends his childhood days absorbed in notebooks full of observations and theories, while dodging his bullies’ comments with sharp wit.
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