Previously at the ICA - Seasons

Non-Ko, Dir Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Japan 2008

Girls on Film: Females in Contemporary Japanese Cinema

9 Feb 201017 Feb 2010

This year’s Japan Foundation annual touring film programme looks at contemporary Japanese cinema made for, about, and by women. Women have continuously been at the centre of Japanese cinema, with notable examples being films by Kenji Mizoguchi and Mikio Naruse, and even the animation works of Hayao Miyazaki. This year’s Japanese season reflects the marked increase in the number of women working in the Japanese film industry. The mix of films included may also allow audiences to compare and contrast the views of female directors to their male counterparts.

This film season is produced and organised by the Japan Foundation with advice from Jasper Sharp.

  • How to Become Myself, Dir Jun Ichikawa, 2007

    How to Become Myself

    9 Feb 201014 Feb 2010

    Two schoolfriends struggle with notions of identity and selfhood in this drama from the late Jun Icikawa.

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  • Kamome Diner, Dir Naoko Ogigami, 2006 (c) Kamome Company Photo: Yoko Takahashi

    Kamome Diner

    10 Feb 201013 Feb 2010

    A heart-warming human drama that portrays the interaction between a restaurant owner and the eccentric people who gather there day after day.

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  • German Plus Rain, Dir Satoko Yokohama, 2007

    German Plus Rain

    11 Feb 2010

    Yokohama Satoko’s exuberant movie centres on a young misfit living in a small town.

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  • Fourteen, Dir Hiromasa Hirosue, 2007


    13 Feb 2010

    An atmospheric and subtle drama in which two different generations mirror each other in the most vulnerable period of their lives.

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  • Non-Ko, Dir Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, 2008


    16 Feb 2010

    Maki Sakai is excellent as the thirtysomething woman struggling with life’s failures and disappointments in this distinctive, stylish film.

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  • Asyle, Dir Izuru Kumasaka, 2007


    17 Feb 2010

    Tsuyako runs a dilapidated ‘love hotel’ seeing through the loneliness of each visitor providing them with unassuming support.

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