The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

People Still Call It Love

Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema


18 February – 4 March

Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. Japanese cinema is no different. Love and the associated feelings of passion, affection, and destruction, in equal measure have all been channelled into a pivotal driving force behind the rise of many Japanese filmmakers, crystallising in timeless works which form part of the nation’s artistic repertoire.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.

Embracing other complicated emotions that go hand in hand with love, the programme aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion, compassion for the fellow man, transgressive attractions, to profound renderings of the devastation felt with the loss of love.

Major Supporters: JAL, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult
Sponsor in Kind: the Japan-UK Season of Culture

Films in this season

Carmilla 15
Today until Thu 29 Oct 17:30
An atmospheric, coming-of-age love story..

Saint Maud 15
Fri 23 Oct until Thu 29 Oct 15:30
The debut feature from Rose..

The Innocents 15
Wed 28 Oct 20:45
Jack Clayton’s superbly haunting adaptation..

Shirley 15
Fri 30 Oct 20:15
A famous horror writer finds..

The Babadook 15
Fri 30 Oct 20:30
When a disturbing storybook called..

Beetlejuice 15
Sat 31 Oct 20:30
Tim Burton's offbeat horror comedy...