The Tyneside Cinema is having a Japanese film season soon, so this is a quick email with all of the details. Feel free to post on the Facebook page and organise a group trip!
The Handsome Suit ハンサム★スーツ (Handsome Suit) (12A) 22/02/2015 at 13:00
Directing his first feature, Tsutomu Hanabusa uses this lively light-hearted comedy and the perfectly synchronized performances of comedian Muga Tsukaji as Takuro and actor and TV personality Shosuke Tanihara as his handsome alter ego, to explore very real ideas of beauty and vanity through a completely unusual and fantastic story.
My Little Sweet Pea 麦子さんと(Mugiko-san to) (PG) 01/03/2015 at 13:00
Drawing similarities with the films of classic Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, My Little Sweet Pea is a bittersweet story about family and loss which transcends cultures. Directed by Keisuke Yoshida (Sankaku, Cafe Isobe), the film stars popular Japanese actor Maki Horikita (The Lady Shogun) and Ryuhei Matsuda (The Great Passage), and also features fun animated sequences by the renowned studio Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell).
Short Peace ショート・ピース (Short Peace) (15) 04/03/2015 at 18:25
The animations include Combustible, a depiction of a huge fire in Edo by Katsuhiro Otomo; A Farewell to Weapons, a dystopian action film written by Otomo and directed by mechanical designer Hajime Katoki, highly regarded for his work on the Gundam series; Gambo about a legendary battle between a demon and white bear by Hiroaki Ando; and Possessions, Shuhei Morita’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominated film.
A Letter To Momo ももへの手紙 (Momo e no Tegami) (PG) 07/03/2015 at 13:00
A Letter to Momo is the highly anticipated second directorial effort by world-acclaimed anime director Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade). Seven years in the making and supported by a top-class team of skilled creators, A Letter to Momo combines state-of-the-art traditional hand drawn animation with heart-warming, emotional storytelling for children and adults alike.
Bolt From The Blue 青天の霹靂 (Seiten no hekireki) (PG) 08/03/2015 at 13:00
This heart-warming film, based on director and comedian Gekidan Hitori’s own novel was a huge box office success in Japan, telling a story about family, ambition and the consequences of the choices that we make.
Carmen From Kawachi 河内カルメン (Kawachi Karumen) (18) 11/03/2015 at 18:10
Wood Job! (ウッジョブ) ～神去なあなあ日常～ (Wood Job! Kamusari Nana Nichijo) (PG) 15/03/2015 at 13:00
Wood Job! is a coming-of-age story by Shinobu Yaguchi, the director behind the Japanese box office smash hits Waterboys and Swing Girls. The film is based on the novel by popular author Shion Miura, a story which touched on ancient mythology and Japanese legends and has even drawn praise from Studio Ghibli animation filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.
Scattered Clouds 乱れ雲 (Midaregumo) (12A) 18/03/2015 at 18:15
This classic film, shot in beautiful colour Tohoscope, is tied together by a series of meetings and partings in which the characters are bound by a sense of guilt and duty to each other. With a distinguished career of 89 films to his name, this melodrama was to be Mikio Naruse’s last cinematic offering. An embodiment of his masterful style, this film that tells a story of desire and escape, remains timeless.
Blood And Bones 血と骨 (Chi to hone) (18) 22/03/2015 at 14:50
In 1923, Shun-pei Kim left Cheju, an isolated island in the far South of Korea for Osaka, Japan, dreaming of making his fortune in a new land. Contrary to his hopes, what was waiting for Shun-pei in Japan was a brutal life of discrimination and hard labour. With his remarkable physical strength, cunning and ruthlessness he overcomes the odds stacked against him and opens a kamaboko (steamed fish cake) factory, which before long is a success, bringing him the fortune he coveted for so long. However, with no limit to his obsession for money, Shun-pei gradually transforms himself into a ruthless loan shark.
Blood and Bones paints an unflinching portrait of a man struggling to make a name for himself in a foreign country and the web of turmoil his wife, mistress, children, relatives and all those around him are drawn into as a result of his choices and brutal, violent nature. Starring legendary Japanese actor ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano.