I would love to go to Japan, but I doubt I will get there this year. There is a Japan season about to start in Sheffield.
An advantage of going to Japan at the moment is kit kat has launched a product that is made from red ruby coffee beans that gives it a red colour ; it is only being sold in Japan and Soutch Korea. Anyone got any recommendations as regards the films the workstation is showing.
On 1st February there is the opera Puccini Madame Butterfly at City hall which features a Japanese garden.
Films at the workroom (Showroom)
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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018
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
Gukoroku- Traces of Sin
Investigative reporter Tanaka immerses himself into an unsolved shocking murder case story of the ‘perfect’ family and soon discovers that the family in question was not the ideal it was believed to be. Kei Ishikawa’s crime mystery explores the dark sides of social cliques and human nature.
55-year-old office drone Setsuko finds salvation in the form of John, an American teacher in a Tokyo language school with an unorthodox approach to teaching. When John abruptly quits and returns home, Setsuko sets off to the States on a journey of discovery.
Sing My Life
Tuesday 20 February, 18:00When eccentric and sharp-tongued grandmother Katsu is magically transformed back into her 20-year-old self, she embarks on a journey to become a pop singer. A cross-generational hit comedy charmingly uncovering one woman’s hidden desires.
A Whale of a Tale + Q&A
A Whale of a Tale examines the complex issue of Japan’s contemporary dolphin hunting. A Whale of a Tale is a fascinated and unique examination of this controversial topic that engages with both the local fisherman and the environmentalist that seek to stop whaling practices.
Screening and Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki.
The Dark Maidens
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?
Japanese Girls Never Die
Cryptic graffiti appearing across town; a girl gang violently attacking men at random—are they all related to Haruko Azumi’s disappearance? This anarchic and vibrant drama follows the lives of women, from teenagers to twenty-somethings, in contemporary Japan.
Mumon: The Land of Stealth
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. This fresh take on a period drama uncovers the untold nature of the ninja and features a host of fantastical martial arts tricks.
Room for Let
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. A rarely-screened masterpiece by satirist Yuzo Kawashima, shown to mark the director’s centenary.
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.
The Long Excuse
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.
Memoirs of a Murderer + Q&A
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. A huge domestic box office hit featuring an all-star cast.
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji
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. Directed by cult filmmaker Takashi Miike, who recently celebrated the release of his 100th film.
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