Japanese Events in London

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Aug
11
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 11 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Only Yesterday 2.15pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Isao Takahata, 1991, 118min
Office worker Taeko decides to take a break from Tokyo during the summer to spend time in the countryside, somewhere she hasn’t been for nearly two decades. Along the way, her childhood memories come pouring back to her. This is early work by Studio Ghibli directed by the late Isao Takahata.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-yesterday-tickets-48028849582

Napping Princess 4.40pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, 1991, 111min
Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but she’s finding it harder and harder to stay awake because when she sleeps, her daily life has been swapped for the fantastic world of Heartland. However, when events in the dream world start mirroring those in the real world, she finds herself drawn into battles in both.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napping-princess-tickets-48029260812

Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min
Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is down on her luck. Despite being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, jobless, and penniless, she’s sunnily optimistic and decides to go back to her hometown to help those around her. She sets out to solve their problems one by one, delivering her positivity wherever she goes.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mitsuko-delivers-tickets-48029370139

Short Japanese Language Taster Sessions on 11th August!

3.30pm-6.30pm, Screen 2 @ Soho Hotel Cinema

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself like a Japanese film character? We will be running short language taster sessions for beginners focusing on Japanese in Anime/Manga. Anyone can drop by and take part, so please come along to get involved!

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

His Master’s Voice 2:00pm & 6:40pm Dir. Hiroyuki Itaya, 2014 | 95 min
Set in the Edo Period, Sadakichi (Nayuta Fukuzaki) returns home to take a holiday from his work after being bullied there. In order to cheer up their little son, his parents ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei (Taihei Hayashiya), a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei’s apprentice.
Booking: 2:00pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-200pm-tickets-48023635988
6:40pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-640pm-tickets-48024626952

Giovanni’s Island 4:15pm Dir. Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014 | 104 min
In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast. On the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giovannis-island-tickets-48024243806

Tickets are free but booking through Eventbrite is essential.

Aug
18
Sat
2018
Summer Explorers! 18th Aug @ Regent Street Cinema
Aug 18 @ 2:30 pm
Summer Explorers! 18th Aug @ Regent Street Cinema

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

Chieri and Cherry 2:30pm Dir. Makoto Nakamura, 2015 | 54 min
The only friend Chieri has is a stuffed animal Cherry; it talks and plays with Chieri, and helps her go through life in place of her late father. When she visits her grandmother’s house for her father’s memorial, they find a stray dog giving birth to puppies, but a mean crow and strange monster come to steal them. Can Chieri and Cherry keep them safe?
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chieri-and-cherry-tickets-48024676099

Cat Samurai 3:50pm Dirs. Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, 2014 | 100 min
Masterless samurai Kyutaro Madarame (Kazuki Kitamura) is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of a rival gang’s cat, being under the impression the cat has possessed the gang leader. The only problem – when Madarame comes face to face with the cat in question, he can’t go through with it… and is now the target of both gangs! Hilarious comedy for both cat lovers and non-cat lovers alike.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cat-samurai-tickets-48024765366

Oshin 5:50pm Dir. Shin Togashi, 2013 | 109 min
In 1907, 7-year-old Oshin is traded for 60kg of rice and sent to work in a lumber shop. Suspected of theft by the owners, she runs away into the mountains during a blizzard. Found by the kind Shunsaku, Oshin learns how to read and write, and the importance of independent thinking. A remake of the biggest hit drama in Japanese TV history, Oshin retells the story of a woman whose patience and endurance helped her through a tough life.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oshin-tickets-48024792447

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential.

Sep
21
Fri
2018
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake @ Kings College London, Close Up Film Centre, Barbican Cinema
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

 

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake
21-23 September 2018
Kings College London, Close Up Film Centre, Barbican Cinema

This edition of JAEFF, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionary’s word of 2017: ‘Youthquake’ – defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.’

Featuring classic avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s that examine youth counterculture, the student movements, and general currents of dissatisfaction and rebellion.

Oct
10
Wed
2018
BFI London Film Festival
Oct 10 – Oct 21 all-day

An epic 225 features from 77 countries screened in London over 12 days. BFI London Film Festival website here.

Thanks very much indeed to Asian Movie Pulse – who have listed all the Asian films at the festival here.

Films from Japan:

Mirai by Scr Mamoru Hosoda (Japan)

LFF favourite Mamoru Hosoda’s (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children) rapturous and fantastical take on childhood is an animation of great beauty and insight.

Of Love & Law by Hikaru Toda (UK-Japan-France)

Hikaru Toda’s involving documentary reveals the hidden side of Japanese society, highlighting the diverse human-rights work done by the country’s first LGBT law firm.

Asako I & II by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan-France)

Do we ever really get over our first love? Asako is about to find out, in this quirky romantic drama with a dash of the uncanny.

May
17
Fri
2019
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 – Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 - Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK

BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh – both as a uniquely Japanese art form and as a vibrant international platform for communicating in or beyond all languages. Collaborating artists include pianist and vocalist Aya Ogawa and dancer Mushimaru Fujieda from Japan; Butoh-Techno from Poland, French electronic musician Pascal Savy and, on film, performances by the late Sapporo based dancer Yoko Muronoi.

May
19
Sun
2019
Macoto Tezuka (son of OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema
May 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Macoto Tezuka (son of OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka – England Premiere

Rocky Horror meets Phantom of the Paradise with a long-lost 80s Japanese rock-musical featuring zombies, animation and much more, directed by Macoto Tezka, the son of the “Godfather of Manga” OSAMU TEZUKA!

Presented in a brand new digital remaster and never before seen director’s cut!

May
21
Tue
2019
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema
May 21 all-day
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema

This May Zodiac Film Club invites you to come in out of the sun and watch one of the original J-horrors with us. Takashi Miike’s Audition (1999) tells the story of Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who holds a fake audition for a made-up film role to pick a potential new wife out of the hopeful starlets. He’s delighted to meet the beautiful, talented, oh-so submissive and slightly damaged Asami (Eihi Shiina). We love it for its subtle (and less subtle) comments on gender dynamics, Asami’s perfectly picked ensembles and the fact that the rug is totally pulled out from under us in the final act.

Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
One Cut of the Dead film screening w/lead actress Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema
Jul 12 @ 8:45 pm
One Cut of the Dead film screening w/lead actress Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema

HARUMI SHUHAMA the “POM” star of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, will be in attendance for a one-off screening plus after-talk at the Prince Charles Cinema on Friday, July 12th
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The film opens in a run-down, abandonad warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place… Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew!

This may sound like a the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different! Starting off with a non-stop one-take 37 minute shot, the film then completely switches direction and turns the zombie genre completely upside down into a charming, audience-friendly comedy!

Jul
14
Sun
2019
Tujiko Noriko – live performance and ‘Kuro’ film screening @ CAFE OTO
Jul 14 all-day

Very pleased to welcome musician, singer, songwriter and filmmaker, Tujiko Noriko to OTO for a special matinee performance followed by an evening screening of her and Joji Koyama’s new film ‘Kuro’ at Close-Up, following the release of Noriko’s soundtrack for the film’s release on PAN Records.

“..a singular and impressively accomplished work of art.” – Christopher Bourne in Screen Anarchy

“hypnotic and meditative, Kuro is a daring work of cinematic literature.” – David Shrev