Japanese Film Season
Sat 26 Feb 7200
Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the countrys filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the (un)true colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
Specially commissioned programme notes will be available at each screening.
Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2017, 95 min, English Subtitles
Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) is a 55-year-old office drone, depressed, lovelorn and chain-smoking her way to an early grave. One day, Setsuko finds salvation in the form of John, a teacher in a run-down Tokyo English school who has a rather unorthodox approach to education which includes giving Setsuko the English name Lucy. Knowing that John has abruptly left Tokyo to return home, Setsuko sets off to the States on a journey of discovery
An East-meets-West comedy by Atsuko Hirayanagi premiered at Cannes Critic Week features star-studded cast including Shnobu Terajima and American actor Josh Hartnett.