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Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama
Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers new
HYPER JAPAN presents: Illuminight – Magical ‘akari’ lanterns installation new

Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama   org

BFI presents, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, a season highlighting the female stars that shone in the melodrama of Japanese cinema's 'Golden Age'. The season features titles rarely screened in the UK, spotlighting the magnificent actors who starred in them - figures such as Kinuyo Tanaka, Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko Takamine, who endure as beloved icons of Japanese cinema. 

Date: 16 October 2017 - 29 November 2017

BFI Southbank, London

For full details of the programme and booking information, please visit the BFI website.

Public booking opens on 3 October 2017.

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Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers   org

A special season dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.

This programme will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these screenwriter-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the Japanese film industry by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.

Thursday, 30 November | Courthouse Cinema, London

BARE ESSENCE OF LIFE | Director: Satoko Yokohama

Yojin is an energetic and troublesome young man who has his brain 'wired differently'. Working with his grandmother on their small organic vegetable farm, Yojin's eccentric lifestyle changes when he meets Machiko, a primary school teacher who arrives from Tokyo, and he becomes self-destructively determined to win her heart. Satoko Yokohama's second feature film is impossible to categorise: a bizarre hybrid between comedy and offbeat surrealism, which takes a turn into existential reveries that bend all logic with bold originality.

Directed by Satoko Yokohama, 2009, 120 min, English subtitles

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Friday, 1 December | Courthouse Cinema, London


Tomoaki Sunada was a Japanese typical sales representative working more than 40 years in the same company. After retiring, at 67 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer on the final stage. This was the miscalculation of life for a business soldier. In order to sum up his whole life and leave the message to his family, he laid on his last project, i.e. making an "ending note" by his own. Then, the "setup" of his departure was launched. * An "Ending note" is a memorandum for the family of the deceased, like a testament without legal force.

Directed by Mami Sunada, 2011, 90 min, English subtitles
Image: © 2011 "Death of a Japanese Salesman" Production Committee

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Saturday, 2 December | Rich Mix, London

WILD BERRIES | Director: Miwa Nishikawa

The Akechi family is just an ordinary family, spending simple but peaceful days - kind mother, hardworking father, a daughter with a sense of justice and silly but cheerful grandfather. One day, the roving son returns home after ten years of silence, and that leads to unveil the hidden truth behind Akechi family. Little by little, the family bonds loosen...

Directed by Miwa Nishikawa, 2003, 108 min, English subtitles
Image: © WILD BERRIES Project Team

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Following the screenings, this panel discussion will examine the proliferation of Japanese female filmmakers in the last fifteen years. In a discussion chaired by East Asia selection lead film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival, Kate Taylor, featuring Japanese cinema expert, writer and curator Jasper Sharp; film researcher Alejandra Armendáriz Hernández, and season curator Irene Silvera, the panel will bringing insight into the work of the directors as well as provide a retrospective focus on the part women have played throughout the history of the Japanese film industry. In doing so, framing debate on the current position of women behind the scenes both in Japan and across the globe.

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Date: 30 November 2017 - 2 December 2017

Booking: These events are free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place, please click the above links for the specific event you would like to book.

This season has been curated by Irene Silvera Frischknecht as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

As part of the programme, the Embassy of Japan in the UK will also screen Naoko Ogigami's Rent-a-Cat on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at 6.30pm. For further information and booking details, please visit the Embassy of Japan website.

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HYPER JAPAN presents: Illuminight – Magical ‘akari’ lanterns installation   JPsupported

HYPER JAPAN Christmas will bring a festival of light to London this November, presenting an exhibition of lighting installations which blend traditional and modern aspects of Japanese culture. Featuring illuminations often seen at Japanese “matsuri” festivals, the installations will include the stunning work of contemporary Japanese artists Tadaharu Kawamura and Teppei Hayakawa.

Date: 24 November 2017 - 26 November 2017

Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF

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