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(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema new
Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa new
Japan Now 2018 new
A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director new
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto' new

(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema   org

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 16 fantastic Japanese films, at 18 venues nationwide, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the theme of ‘secrets and lies’.

The screenwriter of ‘Gukoroku:Traces of Sin’, Kosuke Mukai, will appear at ICA (London), Watershed (Bristol) and Macroberts Art Centre (Stirling); and Masahiro Motoki who stars in ‘The Long Excuse’ will attend a Q&A after its screening at London ICA.


Date: 2 February 2018 - 28 March 2018
Venue:

Nationwide


For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

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Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to welcome Hideo Furukawa, a dynamic and compelling Japanese contemporary writer. Furukawa is an admirer of Haruki Murakami and is acknowledged by many in the Japanese literary world as the successor to the literature giant’s legacy, but due to his eagerness to experiment and the diversity in his works he is regarded as an influential writer in his own right.

He is best known for his novella Slow Boat to China (Chugoku yuki no suro boto) (2006), which is a homage to Murakami; The Arabian Nightbreeds (Arabia no yoru no shuzoku)(2001) a story which takes place in 13th century Egypt and won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Japan SF Grand Prize in 2002; Love (2005) a tale of youth which won the Yukio Mishima Award in 2006; and The Book of 300 Treacherous Women (Onna-tachi sanbyaku-nin no uragiri no sho) (2015) based on the classic Tale of Genji, for which he received the Noma Prize for New Writers and the Yomiuri Literature Prize in 2015.

In this special talk, Furukawa will discuss how influential Haruki Murakami is in the Japanese literary world, particularly through the 21st Century scope. He will also explain his own style of writing, how Haruki Murakami has influenced his work, and his view on the contemporary Japanese literary world.

After the talk, Furukawa will be joined in conversation by Stephen Dodd, Professor of Japanese Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


Date: 28 February 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Kings Place, St. Pancras Room, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Booking:

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: https://hideofurukawa.eventbrite.co.uk

Hideo Furukawa will also be attending JAPAN NOW at the British Library, from 14.45pm on 25 February. To find out more please visit: www.japannow.co.uk

JAPAN NOW is programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield. Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.

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Japan Now 2018   org

Japan Now returns for another year at the British Library exploring contemporary writing and culture from Japan.

With a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, Japan Now is joined by writer Richard Lloyd ParryGhosts of the Tsunami, filmmaker Kyoko MiyakeTokyo Idols, contemporary artist Suzanne Mooney, and novelists Tomoyuki Hoshino and Toshiki Okada whose works speak exclusively  to the Heisei generation (1989 to present).

There will also be a talk by Hideo Furukawa, one of Japanese literature’s most highly regarded authors, who will read from his latest book, Slow Boat, and who will be joined by author Mariko NagaiDust of Eden: A Novel, to discuss their approach to writing Japan’s recent history through poetry and photography,  

Not only limited to novelists and writers, one of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers Mika Ninagawa, will join Simon Barker to discuss her work as well. 

Japan Now also includes Japan North and Japan Now Touring which include talks, film screenings and visual art events at Sheffield, and various other locations.

This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a seperate talk with Hideo Furukawa on 28 February at King's Place, King's Cross. More details to follow soon.


Date: 24 February 2018 - 28 February 2018
Venue:

Nationwide


For Japan Now details please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-2018

For Japan Now North details please see below:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/news/japan-now-north-1.755863

Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield.

Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.

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A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite director and screenwriter, Yu Irie. Irie began his career making short films, but is best known for directing his adaption of Jung Byoung Gil’s original gripping thriller, Memoirs of a Murderer (2017). Known to many as a director who does not conform to a set formula, he has established himself as a filmmaker with an impressive and diverse filmography, ranging anything from comedies to thrillers.

His other films include, 8000 Miles (a.k.a Saitama Rapper) (2009), which earned him the grand prize in the Off Theatre Competition at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award, and his most recent work, Vigilante (2017), a dark family drama which focuses on sibling rivalry.

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, in which Memoirs of a Murderer is included, director Irie will be in conversation with Kate Taylor (Film Programmer at BFI London Film Festival) and will talk about the behind the scenes of creating this blockbuster film, as well as illustrate his other works and career to date. Irie will also discuss the mission as a film director, reflecting the current mode of Japanese and global cinema industry.


Date: 24 March 2018 from 3.00pm
Venue:

Soho Hotel, Screening Room 1, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London, W1D 3DH


Booking:

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:  https://yuirietalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Yu Irie will also be attending a Q&A after the screenings of Memoirs of a Murderer at Showroom, Sheffield, from 6.00pm on 22 March; Broadway, Nottingham from 6.30pm on 23 March; and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast from 3.00pm on 25 March. To find out more please visit: http://www.jpf-film.org.uk/

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto'   JPsupported

The Barbican presents the UK premiere of multi-award winning dancer, choreographer and director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s Pluto. Based on Osamu Tezuka's iconic tale Astro Boy, Pluto depicts a universe in which both humans and robots co-exist, yet find themselves in conflict, and examines what humans can learn from automatons.

The production stars many talented Japanese actors, including award-winning actor and dancer Mirai Moriyama, and uses a combination of dancers and elaborate puppets to create a high-energy staging faithful to the original story.

With astounding visual effects and powerful storytelling, this breath-taking performance is not to be missed.


Date: 8 February 2018 - 11 February 2018

For more details and to book tickets please visit: 

www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/sidi-larbi-cherkaouibunkamura-theatre-cocoon-pluto

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