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Initiation Love

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018: Initiation Love

3 Feb 2018

This screening is the UK premiere of Initiation Love

Portrayed in the classic music format of a cassette tape, Initiation Love is a deceptive and entertaining love story with dark undertones set in late 1980s Japan. The story follows university student Suzuki (Shota Matsuda) and his life-changing meeting with Mayu (Atsuko Maeda), but the theme soon alters as it is flipped to side B. Suddenly Suzuki is transferred to Tokyo and the two are forced into a long distance relationship with many complications. 

Imaginative and playful in its narrative, this craftily-made film by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (the 20th Century Boys trilogy) boasts a storyline that keeps you guessing right until the end – guaranteed to make you want to re-watch it and catch what you missed the first time. Full of 80s nostalgia, this film gives a glimpse into what life was like during this frivolous time. 

Initiation Love, directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Japan 2015, 110 min, English subtitles

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 Multi-Buy Offer
Get 4 tickets for the price of 3 (£33 for 4 full price tickets, £24 for 4 concession tickets, £21 for 4 members tickets).    

If you would like to buy to 4 tickets for the same screening (or pairs of tickets) you can still receive the offer do this by calling the Box Office on 0207 930 3647. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–9pm.

Recommended certification 12A


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