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Culinary Culture & Gastronomy in Japanese Cinema
Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
British Museum presents: Hokusai

Culinary Culture & Gastronomy in Japanese Cinema   org

Back by popular demand, join us for a delectable selection of Japanese films exploring how cuisine is an important part of not only Japan's culture, but also its cinema. Make sure you don't come hungry!

 Wed, 23 Aug | Courthouse Cinema, London

A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story,  6.30pm (Fully Booked)

Great cook Haru marries into a family of legendary "Kitchen Samurai", who have served the lords of Kaga for many generations with their wonderful cuisine. While her new husband and successor to the family is a master of the sword, his kitchen-knife skills leave a lot to be desired. Haru vows to make her husband a superb samurai chef and starts to teach him the art of cuisine. Based on a true story.

Dir. Yuzo Asahara, 2013, 122 min, English subtitles, (U)

 Thu, 24 Aug | Courthouse Cinema, London

The Chef of the South Polar, 6.30pm (Fully Booked)

At a research facility located in Antarctica, it's Chef Nishimura's job to dish up delicious meals for his colleagues using limited ingredients available - soon enough the much-anticipated meals become the only thing keeping them from going crazy! Based on the autobiographical essays by Jun Nishimura, Shuichi Okita serves up a visual feast for the eyes, combining elements of comedy and pathos.

Dir. Shuichi Okita, 2009, 125 min, English subtitles, (12A)

  Sat, 26 Aug | Rich Mix, London

Extra screening: A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story,  12.00pm

Due to extremely popular demand, we've added a repeat screening of A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story at Rich Mix on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at 12:00pm. Tickets were quickly snapped up for the film's first showing - book now to avoid disappointment!

Dir. Yuzo Asahara, 2013, 122 min, English subtitles, (U)

Sweet Bean [An], 12.45pm (Fully Booked)

Struggling food vendor Sentaro finds himself confronted with Tokue, an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. After reluctantly accepting, it's not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making "an" - the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayaki pancakes. A tale of culinary redemption by acclaimed director Naomi Kawase.

Dir. by Naomi Kawase, 2015, 113 min, English subtitles, (PG)

Tampopo, 3.15pm (Fully Booked)

Juzo Itami's rapturous "ramen western" follows an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe. Serving up a bowl of adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the exploits of a gastronome gangster, Tampopo remains one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film.

Dir. by Juzo Itami, 1985, 109 min, English subtitles, (15)

 Booking: These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. For details of how to book your place, please click here

Date: 23 August 2017 - 26 August 2017

23 & 24 August: Courthouse Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL
26 August: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

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Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live   org

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda will perform Test Pattern, an audiovisual work presenting intense flickering black and white imagery synchronised to a powerful soundtrack. Exploring the relationship between art and sound by orchestrating sound, images, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions, Ikeda’s latest material is the result of almost 20 years of research.

Performances times: Thursday, 28 September 2017: 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present this project in partnership with Thirty Three Thirty Three, The Barbican and Selfridges.

Date: 28 September 2017

The Selfridges Old Hotel at Selfridges Oxford Street, London

For more information, please click here.
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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.

Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentiļ¬ed photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit:

Date: 4 June 2017


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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