Japan Foundation Free London Film Screenings and Talks in January

Following on from last week’s report on the Japan Foundation Touring Film Festival, there is more news about Japanese films being screened in London from January 16th, 2014 to January 18th, 2014. Here are the details and a flyer from the site:

Also happening in January are a series of talks linked to the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme East Side Stories: Japanese Cinema Depicting the Lives of Youth.

The first, which takes place on January 29th, 2014 at 18:30, is a film seminar called Youth in Japanese Cinema and Beyond.  will “bring together experts on the subject to explore how adults of tomorrow have been portrayed in cinema over the years, with a special focus on Japanese cinema, but also considering cinema from around the world.”

The second talk is very interesting. It is a panel discussion which will bring together the director of the anime Colorful, Keiichi Hara, television and film director Hitoshi Ohne and the ace actor Mirai Moriyama (a brilliant actor who can be seen in The Drudgery Train). These chaps will, as the website states,

provide you with informative guide to Japanese cinema today, through the perceptions of those working in it.

Briefly introducing their own careers, they will delve further into the current state of the industry, looking into issues including the relationship between directors and actors, the difference between independent and large scale productions, as well as crossovers between film and television, theatre and animation.

This discussion chaired by Dr Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia) will offer an opportunity to hear the views of professionals with different career paths but all working in Japanese cinema, and will be a perfect complement to the film screenings taking place as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

The events are free to attend but booking is essential since places are limited. You must email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

The event takes place at The Japan Foundation, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH

For more information, just head to this site.

2 thoughts on “Japan Foundation Free London Film Screenings and Talks in January

    1. London is awesome for having lots of film festivals/events.

      The big name for me is Mirai Moriyama, an up and coming actor who starred in The Drudgery Train. I really like his performances even when he’s unlikeable. I’m currently watching Moteki and I find him funny.

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