Bento Harassment (PG)
'+ Subtitled + Special Meal Deal
Wed 04 Mar 2020
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020
Dir. Renpei Tsukamoto
2019 | 106 mins | Japan
Japanese with English subtitles
A true, universal tale full of laughter and tears. Kaori is a mother to Futaba, the daughter who used to call her mommy but now totally ignores her. Exasperated by her rebellious phase, Kaori seeks new ways to communicate: bentos (home-made boxed lunches). Each day she loving prepares a bento lunch designed to embarrasses her daughter with a sugar-coated messages of love. After three long years, the final bento message is highly anticipated by everyone at school.
This story of a mothers love will ring true to all teens growing up and the mothers that stand beside them and offers a fresh twist on a real-life blog loaded with intergenerational strife.
Enjoy a colourful bowl of steamed vegetables and rice, served with home-made pickles and crunchy sesame-coated fried tofu, served with a vegetable gyoza appetiser and complimentary green tea.
This one-off special will be served from 7pm until 8pm. Enjoy this meal after the 6pm screening of Bento Harassment or before the Jesus screening at 8.15pm.
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 UKs 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.