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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Yesterday I went to see the last of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme films at the Watershed: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く). Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days was directed by Azuma Morisaki (森崎 東) and based on a manga by Yuichi Okano. (Image source) Drawing on social issues in Japan surrounding it’s ageing population and based … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁)

Yesterday I went to see another of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme films at the Watershed, Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁). (Image source) Guaranteed to whet your appetite, this heartfelt human drama traces a single mother’s journey to independence after an appetising revelation sees her decide to pursue the opening of her own bento shop. … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is called ‘It Only Happens in the Movies?’ and it explores the theme of ‘encounters’. The films in the programme “include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Short Peace (ショート・ピース)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Short Peace (ショート・ピース)

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is called ‘It Only Happens in the Movies?’ and it explores the theme of ‘encounters’. The films in the programme “include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking … 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