Previously at the ICA - Films

Yuki Tanada, The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky, 2012

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky

6 Feb 20169 Feb 2016

ふがいない僕は空を見た (Fugainai boku wa sora wo mita)

Director Yuki Tanada joins us for an introduction and Q&A at both screenings.

Faced with the growing pressure of bearing a child for her immature husband, lonely housewife Satomi (Tomoko Tabata) regularly retreats to the cosplay fantasy world of her favourite animated character ‘Anzu’. After a random encounter at an anime convention with high-school student and fellow cosplayer Takumi (Kento Nagayama), Satomi begins a full illicit affair with the young man, regularly meeting and making love at her marital home. Meanwhile, Takumi’s best friend Ryota struggles living with his senile grandmother in a rundown housing development after his mother abandoned the two of them for a new boyfriend.

Yuki Tanada, considered one of Japan’s most talented filmmakers, returns from a four year break with this emotionally-engaging and bold expression of the inner lives, hardships and cooped-up feelings of individuals in modern day Japan.

The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky, dir. Yuki Tanada, Japan, 2012, 140 min, Japanese with English subtitles

The ICA Cinema is completely ad-free. Please note the feature will start following a selection of trailers and information relevant to the ICA programme. All films are 18+ unless otherwise stated

Please note that a three minute short film will be screened before the first main feature every evening. Part of a rotating selection that changes weekly, the films shown are currently on tour to various arts venues across the country as part of Playback


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