Once Upon a Time in Japan

Reinventing the Past through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

1 – 7 February 2013 at the ICA
1 February – 27 March 2013 Nationwide

The ICA is pleased to welcome Once Upon a Time in Japan, the Japan Foundation’s latest touring film programme from 1 to 7 February 2013. The programme marks the tenth anniversary of this successful showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema and will continue to tour nationwide until 27 March 2013. Isshin Inudo, director of Zero Focus will be in attendance at two ICA screenings (3 and 5 February 2013), a further screening at the Showroom Workstation, Sheffield (8 February 2013), as well as a special talk at the Japan Foundation (4 February 2013).

Once Upon a Time in Japan examines the country’s past through the eyes of contemporary filmmakers such as Kore-eda and Takashi Miike. Characterising a trend in recent Japanese cinema, this year’s programme showcases a series of works by both lesser known and established filmmakers whose aim is to reinterpret, reinvent or relive moments of times past.

The ICA will be screening UK premieres of Rebirth (Yokame no semi), Castle Under Fiery Skies (Katen no shiro), Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama rantaro), Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (Baburu e go! Taimu mashin wa doramu-shiki) and a London premiere of Zero Focus (Zero no shoten).

Ninja Kids!!! is adapted by one of the country’s best known names, Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer), from a 1990s TV anime series whilst Rebirth is Izuru Narushima’s portrayal of the not-so-distant past through one’s memory.

Through a variety of genres, styles and tones, from horror, drama, action to animation, this programme aims to give UK audiences the broadest and most colourful insight into the nation’s history of any of our past seasons, and explore how the past has been brought to life through the eyes of contemporary filmmakers.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is produced and organised by the Japan Foundation with kind support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Japan Airlines.

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