“People Still Call It Love” Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema

UK – 2 February to 28 March 2019
Belfast – Bristol – Chester – Colchester – Derby – Dundee – Edinburgh – Exeter – Halifax – Inverness – Kendal – Leicester – Lewes – London – Manchester – Newcastle upon Tyne – Nottingham – Sheffield – Stirling

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.

All the Films
My Friend ‘A’ (Takahisa Zeze, 2018)
Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (Takashi Yamazaki, 2017)
Thicker Than Water (Keisuke Yoshida, 2018)
Pumpkin and Mayonnaise (Masanori Tominaga, 2017)
Tremble All You Want (Akiko Ohku, 2018)
Dear Etranger (Yukiko Mishima, 2017)
Yurigokoro (Naoto Kumazawa, 2017)
Dad’s Lunch Box (Masakazu Fukatsu, 2017)
Her Love Boils Bathwater (Ryôta Nakano, 2016)
Blindly In Love (Masahide Ichii, 2013)
The Scythian Lamb (Daihachi Yoshida, 2018)
Born Bone Born (Toshiyuki Teruya [Gori], 2018)
Tonight, at the Movies (Hideki Takeuchi, 2018)
Where Chimneys Are Seen (Heinosuke Gosho, 1953)
Good Stripes (Yukiko Sode, 2015)
Three Stories of Love (Ryosuke Hashiguchi, 2015)
Penguin Highway (Hiroyasu Ishida, 2018)
Of Love & Law (Hikaru Toda, 2017)

Go to the Japan Foundation website for more information about tickets and venues.

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"