Shadow Of Fire (15)
Wed 20 Mar 2024
£8* | £5* Students/Under 25s
Dir. TSUKAMOTO Shinya
2023 | 95 mins | Japan
Japanese with English Subtitles
Shuri, MORIYAMA Mirai, TSUKO Oga
In the devastating aftermath of the Second World War, survivors face a hard-scrabble existence.
With Tokyo lost after the distruction of World War II, a group of ordinary people, including a young orphan, are thrust together by circumstance start to piece back together the shattered fragments of thier minds, bodies and lives as they navigate a new world built upon savage subsistence.
The latest from Shinya Tsukamoto is a bruising and timely reminder that war is not just about geopolitical power, it is about human emotions, human principles and tragedy swayed by fate.
Driven by haunting and affecting performances this powerful film earned the Best Asian Film Award at Venice Film Festival 2023.
Warning: Contains adult themes, sex, extreme violence
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024
Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema
The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (JFTFP24), returns with its biggest showcase ever.
Memories play a powerful role in the mind. Shaped fluidly by individuals or time, they have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. The JFTFP24 delves into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from films where memories are a focal point to works where they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour.
With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.
Major Supporter: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
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