Blue | The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022

Cinema | (12A) | 107 minutes |
2nd March 2022

Blue | ブルー

Humiliated by a thrashing given to him by a teenager, Tsuyoshi (Emoto Tokio), decides to join a boxing gym to be more attractive to women. In his discovery of a new passion for the sport, he is guided by coach Nobuto (Matsuyama Kenichi), himself a long-time practitioner and lover of boxing. Despite his burning enthusiasm, however, Nobuto continuously finds himself on the ropes, unable to win a single match. Meanwhile, his boxing mate, Kazuki (Higashide Masahiro), displays raw talent on the ring. Privately, Nobuto suppresses complex feelings towards Kazuki’s likelihood of winning this year’s championship, as well as the love he receives from Chika (Kimura Fumino), Nobuto’s childhood sweetheart. Will the efforts and enthusiasm of all three men be enough to achieve what is desired?

A boxing enthusiast for some thirty years, Yoshida Keisuke (whom we have welcomed as a guest at a past edition of the programme) writes and directs this ode to the sport, illustrating the tribulations of the fighters in and out of the ring.

Directed by Yoshida Keisuke
Starring: Emoto Tokio, Matsuyama Kenichi, Higashide Masahiro
Japanese Language | English Subtitles

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind.

So, what constitutes an unfathomable ‘dark mind’ lurking beneath the surface in modern age Japan? Would the definition of it now be more diverse when the society we are living in is more complicated than before? Does such a psychological state add to an interesting cinematic story?

From recently released contemporary works, to anime and rare classics, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 aims to answer these questions and demonstrate how films, seemingly different in tone and style, have the same facet running through them and that all ultimately deal in human darkness. From crime films to charming dramas, presenting an assortment of stories about people from different walks of life, this programme will showcase the cinematic voices and skills of both experienced and emerging filmmakers and aims to cater to the varied tastes of the UK audiences.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022.

japan foundation touring film programme

DATES & TIMES

2nd March 2022

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