Japanese Events in London

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Apr
17
Wed
2019
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – May 14 @ 5:00 pm
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the unique works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta to the UK public.

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period.

Jizai Okimono have gained some recognition within Japan in recent years, but still belong to a very minor area of traditional Japanese metallic handicrafts. The vast majority of these items were sold abroad, so this exceptional form of art never had the chance to develop its roots within Japan, where it originated. Its presence may have been long lost in the Japanese art scene, but these objects have been collected and cherished by many people outside Japan.

Mitsuta will be showcasing some of his most impressive and startlingly realistic pieces in this exhibition.

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.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami @ Serpentine Pavilion
Jun 21 – Oct 6 all-day

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

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

Sep
12
Thu
2019
Anime’s Human Machines @ The Barbican
Sep 12 – Sep 25 all-day

Japanese animation has embraced robotics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence as major themes. More interestingly, it uses these themes to explore complex moral and social questions: humanity’s responsibility for its actions, response to the other, greed, short-termism, failure to care for the ecosystem that sustains us.
This anime film season examines the challenge of the man-machine interface through eight films, running 12 – 30 September, on various aspects of humanity’s response to technological change.
All films will screen in Japanese with English subtitles.

Anime’s Human Machines is an Official Event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020, presented by the Barbican in association with the Japan Foundation, and has been kindly supported by Wellcome and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Japanese avant-garde and experimental film festival 日本アバンギャルド映画祭
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

Tickets are now on sale for JAEFF 2019: Nation!

This year’s festival will be held at the Barbican Centre, Close-Up Film Centre and MetFilm School from Friday 20 September through Sunday 22 September. JAEFF 2019: Nation will see five feature-length films screened alongside seven short-form films. We will again be hosting a panel discussion at the Barbican, and are very excited to announce a free filmmakers’ workshop at the MetFilm School.

More info & tickets here

Oct
2
Wed
2019
BFI London Film Festival 2019
Oct 2 – Oct 13 all-day

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has announced its full programme, which includes several notable films from Japan, including Takeshi Miike’s upcoming FIRST LOVE, a romantic story set against a yakuza backdrop.

BFI lists films by country / territory here