NOW BOOKING: The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK (online event)

Ahead of their streaming season of films (19 FEB to 10 MAR 2021), the Japan Foundation has announced an online panel discussion about the way the UK has embraced Japanese cinema (19 FEB 18:00 – FREE!).


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Geographically, Japan is 6000 miles away from the UK but the position of Japanese cinema may be much closer to the hearts of some Brits. Thanks to the enormous efforts and enthusiasm of UK-based cinema experts belonging to such organisations as BFI, ICA, and many film festivals, certain names from Japan’s catalogue of filmmakers – Kurosawa, Mizoguchi or more recently Kitano and Miike, to name a few – appear to be permanently engraved in this nation’s cinematic history. Two decades into the 21st century, is the admiration felt for Japanese film by British people still going strong? Has the perception of Japanese cinema changed?

Celebrating launch night of the very first online edition of their Touring Film Programme, Japan Fou invited a cinema programmer, a critic and an academic mainly representing the next generation of UK film experts to informally discuss what Japanese cinema means to them and what the current position of Japanese cinema is in this country, while candidly exploring if the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, which marks its 18th year, has indeed made any impact on the people’s perception.

And the panellists are…

  • Alex Davidson (moderator), Cinema Curator at the Barbican
  • Jennifer Coates, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, The University of Sheffield
  • Peter Munford, Satori Screen Programmer at QUAD, Derby
  • Serena Scateni, Freelance Critic and Curator based in Edinburgh
  • Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer, the Japan Foundation London

There will be a sequel to this event: The Place of Japanese Independent Films (27 FEB 12:00 – FREE!).

Read more about the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in our RADIANT CIRCUS season guide.

Scroll on for registration details for the The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK (19 FEB 18:00 – FREE!).


How to get involved…

Register now for the event via The Japan Foundation’s eventbrite page. (Booking opens for the film programme on 09 FEB).

The panel discussion will be hosted on Zoom. Once your registration is accepted, Japan Foundation will send you an access code on the day of the event.

Please note: Numbers are limited. If you are no longer able to attend the session and have registered, please notify the organisers so that they can release your place to someone on the waiting list.




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