During our Japan Week 2017 the Macrobert Arts Centre will be showing Japanese films as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film programme.
A Silent Voice Sunday 19 February, 7.30pm
Shoko, a young Deaf student, transfers to a new school where she is bullied by Shoya for her hearing impairment. While Shoya originally leads the class in bullying Shoko, the class soon turn on him for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again, but Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins – but is it already too late?
Based on a popular manga comic focusing on the consequences of bullying from both the perspective of the victim and the perpetrator, this beautifully animated film is directed by one of the most sought after anime directors in Japan, Naoko Yamada, best known for K-On, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.
Directed by Naoko Yamada, 2016, 129 min, English subtitles. With the voices of Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Koichi Yamadera
A Sparkle of Life Tuesday 21 February, 7.15pm
Tae, a 77-year-old widow, attempts to inject a ‘spark’ into her life and signs up with a matchmaking service in pursuit of a last chance at love. Despite the impending bad dates and the unrelenting opposition from those around her, Tae stays in search of her silver-haired knight in shining armour.
A Sparkle of Life is a wonderful romantic comedy by rookie filmmaker Bunji Sotoyama that will make you laugh and cry. Exploring the hopes and dreams of Japan’s aging population,the film was a huge hit in its native Japan and even received praise from Japan’s late theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, who described it as ‘a movie that makes getting old OK.’
Directed by Bunji Sotoyama, 2013, 81 min, English subtitles. Starring: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Akira Takarada, Gaku Yamamoto.
Pieta in the Toilet Thursday 23 February, 7.30pm
Young failed painter Hiroshi (Yojiro Noda) falls into the depths of despair when he discovers he is incurably ill. Having given up on his dreams, everything changes when he encounters bold and outspoken Mai (Hana Sugisaki). Her strong will is infectious and pushes Hiroshi to reassess his outlook on life.
Director of the highly acclaimed documentaries Pyuupiru2001-08 and Gospel, Daishi Matsunaga returns with his fiction film debut, inspired by the ‘God of Manga’ Osamu Tezuka’s last diary entry. Newcomer and lead Yojiro Noda (lead singer of the rock band Radwimps) won the Japanese Academy Newcomer of the Year and Mainichi Film Concours Best New Actor for his performance in this life-affirming work.
Directed by Daishi Matsunaga, 2015, 120 min, English subtitles. Starring: Yojiro Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky.
All Tickets £5. Tickets can be booked online or by calling the Macrobert Arts Centre Box Office on 01786 466666.
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