Previously at the ICA - Seasons
5 Feb 2016 – 11 Feb 2016
Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1952 film Ikiru (“To Live”), this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme provides an exciting collection of films looking at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people’s lives, and how people across the ages persevere, negotiate and reconcile with the environment and situation they live in.
From the newly released work, A Farewell to Jinu (2015) by Suzuki Matsuo to the classic A Japanese Tragedy (1953) by master Keisuke Kinoshita, and from anime feature films to, for the very first time, documentary, this programme showcases a variety of real lives of Japanese people in a manner that is as entertaining as it is informative. It features female director Yuki Tanada’s cosplay-infused infidelity drama The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012) and Noriben – The Recipe for Fortune (2009), a tale of a single mother and her quest to be independent by opening a lunch box shop.