colorless | The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022

Cinema | (15) | 122 minutes |

Sarugakucho de aimasho | 猿楽町で会いましょう

Shu (Kaneko Daichi) is a fledgling photographer looking for a muse and his big break. One day at a shooting session, he meets Yuka (Ishikawa Ruka), who is also taking her first steps in a new career as a model, and unexpectedly falls for the pure yet coquettish subject of his portraits. As Shu’s career takes off at the same time as his relationship with Yuka, he gradually begins to suspect that Yuka isn’t all that he believed her to be.

Based on director Koyama Takashi’s original boy-meets-girl story, this stylish and internationally well-received film takes on the guise of a romantic plot to reveal the dark desires and ambitions that lie within human beings as the audience is lead towards a cynical climax.

Directed by Koyama Takashi
Starring: Kaneko Daichi, Ishikawa Ruka
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.

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