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The Japan Foundation - Touring Film Programme 2020 Screening Details

Date: 2019 December 27 16:34

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UK Fans of Japanese are in for a great treat. The Japan Foundation have just revealed the line up for their Touring Film Programme 2020. The theme for this year is Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema. Films will be screened all around the UK from 31st January to 29th March 2020.

There's plenty of excellent films to choose from too:

  • My Love Story!!
  • Our Meal for Tomorrow
  • Her Sketchbook
  • A Banana? At This Time of Night?
  • Organ
  • The Actor
  • Little Nights, Little Love
  • Jesus
  • Another World
  • Bento Harassment
  • My Dad is a Heel Wrestler
  • Lying to Mom
  • Shadowfall
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
  • Sea of Revival
  • The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps
  • Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler
  • Ten Dark Women
  • I Go Gaga, My Dear
  • Ride Your Wave
Anime fans will be interested in Ride Your Wave from director Masaaki Yuasa (Lu Over The Wall, Night is Short, Walk on Girl and DEVILMAN crybaby). It's a tale of romance with a twist.

If you've caught the anime of Kakegurui on Netflix you're sure you be interested in the live action version which will be screening at the festival.

If you've seen the anime or read the manga of My Love Story!! You can also catch the live action version. Takeo looks like his jumped directly out of the anime/manga version!

To find a screening near you visit for more details.

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Press release as follows:

Bento Harassment

The Japan Foundation presents:

My Love Story!!

The Japan Foundation
Touring Film Programme 2020
Happiness is A State of Mind:
Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema
Experience Japan through Cinema

My Dad is a Heel Wrestler

Japanese cinema unites the UK!
The nation's largest season of Japanese cinema visits
22 cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a theme of "Happiness"

Her Sketchbook

31 January - 29 March 2020, nationwide
31 January - 16 February 2020 at ICA, London

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler

"---a unique and sometimes once-only opportunity to see a selection of rare films that otherwise have a very
limited distribution in the west."
(Noel Megahey, The Digital Fix website, January 2019)

Ride Your Wave

For full programme details:

Touring programme information:

Following the programme at the ICA, the season will tour a further 21 venues nationwide until late March 2020. This year's participating venues are:

31 January - 16 February*
ICA, London
Box office: 020 7930 3647

31 January - 29 March*
Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast
Box office: 028 9097 1097

31 January - 29 March*
The Brewery Arts Centre Cinema, Kendal
Box office: 01539 725133

31 January - 29 March*
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
Box office: 01382 432444

1 February - 24 March*
Phoenix, Leicester
Box office: 0116 242 2800

1 - 29 March*
Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford
Box office: 01780 763 203

2 - 23 February*
Storyhouse, Chester
Box office: 01244 409 113

2 - 25 February*
Showroom, Sheffield
Box office: 0114 275 7727

3 - 24 February*
Watershed, Bristol
Box office: 0117 927 5100

7 - 23 February*
QUAD, Derby
Box office: 01332 290606

8 February - 15 March*
CHAPTER, Cardiff
Box office: 029 2030 4400

8 February - 28 March*
Firstsite, Colchester
Box office: 01206 713 700

11 - 29 February*
HOME, Manchester
Box office: 0161 200 1500

15 February - 1 March*
Tyneside, Newcastle
Box office: 0191 227 5500

16 February - 29 March*
Square Chapel, Halifax
Box office: 01422 349 422

17 February - 5 March*
Depot, Lewes
Box office: 01273 525354

24 February - 23 March*
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Box office: 01786 466666

4 - 25 March*
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Box office: 01392 667080

5 - 15 March*
Eden Court, Inverness
Box office: 01463 234 234

10 - 12 March
Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Box office: 01224 343 500

13 - 19 March
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Box office: 0131 228 2688

20 - 26 March
Broadway, Nottingham
Box office: 0115 952 6611

* Screening dates vary; please see your local venue for specific line-up information

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is produced and organised by the Japan Foundation.

With Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU and the Japan Centre, and in Cultural Partnership with Modern Culture and the Japan Society.

About the Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003. The organisation promotes international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world by organising projects as well as providing financial support through grant programmes in the fields of Arts and Culture, Japanese language and Japanese studies. The Japan Foundation currently has its Head Office in Tokyo, with offices and centres in 24 countries outside of Japan. The Japan Foundation London is the Foundation's only office in the UK, and one of the first overseas offices to be established, opening in 1972. (Head Office), (London)

About the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation has put together films under a carefully chosen theme to highlight trends in Japanese cinema, and showcased, in close partnership with distinguished film venues such as the ICA, some of the finest Japanese films in order to introduce their versatility and uniqueness. Most of films selected for the Japan Foundation Touring Programme have slipped under the radar of other film festivals or programmes despite their quality, or have previously only received one-off screenings in the UK. This is the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme's 17th edition and the Programme is the only one in the UK that provides the joy of Japanese cinema in multiple cities.

For details please visit:

Source: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020
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