Japan Week Film Season: The Dark Maidens
The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme returns in 2018 with an enlightening showcase of Japanese cinema through the narrative framework of “secrets and lies”, a theme both universal and prevalent in world cinema.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
The Dark Maidens
Set in an academy for daughters of the rich and powerful, this murder mystery involves six girls with a dark secret. Literature club chairman Itsumi Shiraishi (Marie Iitoyo), has fallen to her death from the school roof. Rumours soon circulate that one of the members of the literature club is the culprit. New chairman and friend of the victim, Sayuri Sumikawa (Fumika Shimizu), holds a meeting and asks each member to recount their whereabouts at the time of Itsumi’s death. Who is telling a lie and what really happened to Itsumi?
Adapted by prolific anime screenwriter Mari Okada (The Anthem of The Heart andAnohana), this unusual “of school” film is filled with betrayal and deception.
Directed by Saiji Yakumo, 2017, 105 min, English Subtitles
For tickets, please contact the Macrobert Arts Centre Box Office.
The University of Stirling thanks The Japan Foundation for its support of Japan Week 2018.
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