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CAMBRIDGE JAPAN FEST 18-19 MARCH 2023

March 18, 2023 - March 19, 2023

£20.00 – £50.00

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In collaboration with the Japan Foundation and Heong Gallery, we are thrilled to present six films at the Howard Theatre, Downing College; as part of both the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 and Cambridge Festival. Tickets are available below as passes for the weekend or individual days. The Heong Gallery’s exhibition Picturing the Invisible will be open 12-5pm each day.

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS: Saturday 18 March @ 9.50am

A brief talk will touch on independent cinema, literature, and the arts. Speakers will highlight efforts in the city to develop vibrant cultural spaces at sites such as the Mill Road Free Library; bringing various disciplines, voices, and people together.

SENSEI, WOULD YOU SIT BESIDE ME 先⽣、私の隣に座っていただけませんか︖ 2021, 119 mins (12A)

Directed by: HORIE Takahiro
Starring: KUROKI Haru, EMOTO Tasuku, Nao

Saturday 18 March @ 10am
(with intro by HORIE Takahiro)

The marriage between manga artist Sawako (KUROKI Haru) and her cheating husband Toshio (EMOTO Tasuku) is on the verge of an abyss. Instead of confronting her husband directly, Sawako uses her creative talents: writing a new manga about adultery. And so, begins a psychological game of cat and mouse.

THE PAST IS ALWAYS NEW, THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS NOSTALGIC 過去はいつも新しく 2019, 112 mins (PG)

Directed by: IWAMA Gen
Starring: MORIYAMA Daido, KAMBAYASHI Yutaka, MACHIGUCHI Satoshi

Saturday 18 March @ 1pm

Despite his international acclaim, iconic photographer MORIYAMA Daido’s methods and everyday life have been shrouded in mystery. This documentary film follows the reprint project of his debut photo book, offering an insightful glimpse of aspects of the photographer.

JOINT 2020, 118 mins (15)

Directed by: KOJIMA Oodai
Starring: YAMAMOTO Ikken, KIM Jin-cheol, KIM Changbak, MITSUI Keisuke

Saturday 18 March @ 3.30pm
(with intro by KOJIMA Oodai)

A former criminal, Takeshi (YAMAMOTO Ikken), dips his toe once more into criminal activities by becoming involved with the illegal use of personal data. Soon, his life is tangled up in a yakuza war. This stylish film serves as an example of how 21st century Japanese noir films should be.

ITO いとみち 2021, 116 mins (PG)

Directed by: YOKOHAMA Satoko
Starring: KOMAI Ren, TOYOKAWA Etsushi, KUROKAWA Mei

Sunday 19 March @ 10am
(with intro by YOKOHAMA Satoko)

Ito (KOMAI Ren), a talented shamisen player, is so shy that she has hardly any friends or social life. To change this, she decides to start a part-time job at a maid café, much to her father’s dismay. Can she ever change herself? Enjoy the shamisen performances and the unique Tsugaru dialect.

BL METAMORPHOSIS メタモルフォーゼの縁側 2022, 118 mins (12A)

Directed by: KARIYAMA Shunsuke
Starring: ASHIDA Mana, FURUKAWA Kotone, IKUTA Tomoko

Sunday 19 March @ 1pm

Despite a massive age gap and different cultural backgrounds, could an unexpected friendship arise from a shared interest? Urara (ASHIDA Mana) and Yuki (MIYAMOTO Nobuko), a girl and a woman with a fifty-eight year age difference between them, bond over BL (Boys Love manga), a distinct and popular manga genre.

TOKYO NIGHT IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE 映画 夜空はいつでも再⾼密度の⻘⾊だ 2017, 107 mins (15)

Directed by: ISHII Yuya
Starring: ISHIBASHI Shizuka, IKEMATSU Sosuke, MATSUDA Ryuhei

Sunday 19 March @ 3.30pm

Mika (ISHIBASHI Shizuka) deals with death as a nurse and works at a girls’ bar at night. Shinji (IKEMATSU Sosuke) is a construction worker who constantly experiences inexplicable loneliness. The path of two lost souls meet under the Tokyo night sky, developing feelings for each other.

EXHIBITION: PICTURING THE INVISIBLE

Over the weekend, the Heong Gallery’s exhibition Picturing the Invisible will be open 12-5pm each day. Curated by Dr Makoto Takahashi, this exhibition seeks to provide a vivid depiction of the social and political realities of life in the wake of ‘3.11’, the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Picturing the Invisible brings together seven talented photographers, working in the affected territories, each bringing a different perspective to the theme, touching on radiation, trauma, and the resilience of those communities rebuilding their lives.

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FINDING THE VENUE

Entry to Downing College is via the main gates on Regent Street. The Howard Theatre, where the films will be screened, is a 6 to 10-minute walk from the main gates down the main path into the grounds. Please see the detailed map below for further information.

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Details

Start:
March 18, 2023
End:
March 19, 2023
Cost:
£20.00 – £50.00

Venue

Howard Theatre
Downing College
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ United Kingdom

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