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One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

Last night the Watershed cinema here in Bristol hosted a Lost in Translation evening which, naturally, I had to attend. Here’s how the evening was billed: Say ‘konnichiwa!’ to an evening of film, music and a pink wig or two. For one night only lose yourself in Tokyo with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson at … Continue reading

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

(Image source) On a bleak Sunday morning with the wind howling around my building and rain lashing against the windows, I got under a blanket and decided to watch Isn’t Anyone Alive (生けているものはいないのか / Ikiteiru mono wa inai no ka), a film directed by Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍). Gakuryu Ishii, formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互), is usually known for … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

Love Strikes! (モテキ / Moteki) (2011) Director: Hitoshi One Cast: Mirai Moriyama, Masami Nagasawa, Kumiko Aso, Riisa Naka, Yoko Maki There really is nothing like losing yourself in a movie for a couple of hours, and that’s exactly what I did this afternoon. I went to the Watershed in Bristol to see another of the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme films – … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon) (2004) Director: Suzuki Matsuo Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Wakana Sakai, Suzuki Matsuo, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Hijiri Kojima The second of today’s movies was Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon), based on a manga by Jun Hanyunyuu. As I came out of the cinema I heard a fellow … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Your Friends (きみの友だち)

East Side Stories: Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Your Friends (きみの友だち / Kimi no Tomodachi), 2008 Director: Ryuichi Hiroki Cast: Anna Ishibashi, Ayu Kitaura, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Seiji Fukushi, Naoyuki Morita Today has been ‘cinema Saturday’ for me. This afternoon I went to the Watershed to see another of the Japanese films in the Japan Foundation’s East Side Stories series, and then one more … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Parade (パレード)

East Side Stories: Parade (パレード)

Parade (パレード / Paredo) (2009) Director: Isao Yukisada Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi, Keisuke Koide I went to see the film Parade (based on the novel of the same name by Shuichi Yoshida) at the Watershed in Bristol with some colleagues after work on Tuesday and have been mulling it over ever since. It’s quite difficult to talk about … Continue reading

East Side Stories

East Side Stories

PRESS RELEASE East Side Stories Japanese Cinema Depicting the Lives of Youth The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 31 January to 6 February 2014 at ICA 31 January to 27 March 2014 Nationwide http://www.jpf-film.org.uk Following on from last year’s successful Once Upon a Time in Japan: Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary … Continue reading

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

I’ll be honest right from the start – there are three reasons I took myself to see The Railway Man at the cinema today: 1) The Japan connection (of course!) 2) Colin Firth (Mr Darcy has always been a guilty pleasure of mine) 3) Tanroh Ishida At the Japan Matsuri last year I became captivated … Continue reading