The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

What Lies Beneath:

The intricate representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema.

February 2022

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind.

So, what constitutes an unfathomable ‘dark mind’ lurking beneath the surface in modern age Japan? Would the definition of it now be more diverse when the society we are living in is more complicated than ever before? Does such a psychological state add to an interesting cinematic story?

From recently released contemporary works, to anime and rare classics, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 aims to answer these questions and demonstrate how films, seemingly different in tone and style, have the same facet running through them and that all ultimately deal in human darkness.

From crime films to charming dramas, presenting an assortment of stories about people from different walks of life, this programme will showcase the cinematic voices and skills of both experienced and emerging filmmakers.

Films in this season

Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots 15
Tue 8 Feb 20:15
This drama poses fundamental questions..

Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone 15
Wed 9 Feb 13:30
An elderly housewife finds her..

The House Of The Lost On The Cape PG
Sat 12 Feb 13:30
Two young girls, separated from..

Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction 15
Tue 15 Feb 20:15
When the president of a..

Blue 15
Tue 22 Feb 20:15
Three men all have their..

The Lone Ume Tree 12A
Wed 23 Feb 13:30
The life of a middle-aged..

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