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A Banana? At This Time Of Night? (12A)

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Sun 22 Mar 2020


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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020


£8* (£5*)



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A Banana? At This Time Of Night? (12A)

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In response to the developing coronavirus situation in the UK, Exeter Phoenix is currently closed to the public. This is a temporary measure and we are taking this on a month-by-month basis. No events will be taking place during March, and the vast majority of events will be rescheduled for later in the year. We are following government advice and acting in the best interests of our visitors and staff.

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A Banana? At this time of night?


Dir. Maeda Tetsu
2018 | 120 mins | Japan
Japanese with English subtitles

Due to concern and restrictions on international travel, the Q&A with director Maeda Tetsu will no longer be taking place. As it stands, all other events at Exeter Phoenix  are going ahead as planned. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and will take all appropriate action to ensure the safety of customers, staff and our community. Further updates on this can be found here >>


  • £8* – Standard
  • £5* – Student / Under 25
  • £21* – 3 film tickets for £21

Yasuaki (OIZUMI Yo) doesn’t let muscular dystrophy slow him down. A charming and eternally positive man, he is determined to live an independent life and fulfil his dreams with the help of coerced volunteers Misaki (TAKAHATA Mitsuki) and Tanaka (MIURA Haruma). Based on a true story.


Fancy a light bite? We’re offering our vegetable gyoza appetiser alongside a bottle of Asahi for only £6.95. You can pick up this offer throughout all of March!

Please note, the film will start promptly as there will be no adverts before this screening. 


Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘happiness’.

Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive. And yet, the search for happiness has long provided Japanese cinema with a staple theme, and it is within its framework that the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 has been curated.

Embracing the rich and complex spectrum of emotions that go hand in hand with this concept, the programme seeks to present the highs and lows experienced in pursuit of happiness in Japan, showcasing diverse cinematic voices as they shine a light on stories of love, social inclusion, the resilience of humankind through times of hardship, and non-conventional paths to achieving and maintaining joy.

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation has showcased, in close partnership with distinguished film venues across the nation, some of the finest Japanese films in order to introduce their versatility and uniqueness to the UK. With a line-up of contemporary titles that have never had a UK release, documentaries, anime, and classic masterpieces, there is always something for everybody. 

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