Thursday 7th – Thursday 28th March
Tickets £5/ £4 concessions for each film.
Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.
The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (JFTFP24), returns with its biggest showcase ever!
Memories play a powerful role in the mind. Shaped fluidly by individuals or time, they have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. The JFTFP24 delves into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from films where memories are a focal point to works where they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour. With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.
Thursday 7th March 2024
Yoko is a 42-year-old recluse living in Tokyo. Having held a grudge against her father for 20 years, she is one day notified of his passing. Reluctantly, she embarks on a journey to Hirosaki to attend his funeral, but is stranded along the way.
Thursday 14th March 2024
Ever since Tomiko’s husband disappeared without a trace, she has drifted aimlessly through life, until she meets Nami, whose husband also vanished. The encounter changes Tomiko’s life, but can she make peace with the memories of her lost husband?
Thursday 21st March 2024
Hana, a high school girl engulfed in misery, is one day approached by a special agent telling her she can save the world. With its effective use of CGI and human performances, this time-travelling apocalyptic sci-fi film raises the bar for the genre.
Thursday 28th March 2024
Tsutomu is a writer living in a secluded mountain cabin. Unable to confront the loss of his wife, he has instead devoted himself to farming and cooking, skills he learned as a young monk, until a series of incidents awaken new emotions inside him.