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.
Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) is a 55-year-old office drone, depressed, lovelorn and chain-smoking her way to an early grave. One day, Setsuko finds salvation in the form of John, a teacher in a run-down Tokyo English school who has a rather unorthodox approach to education which includes giving Setsuko the English name “Lucy”. Knowing that John has abruptly left Tokyo to return home, Setsuko sets off to the States on a journey of discovery…
An East-meets-West comedy by Atsuko Hirayanagi premiered at Cannes Critic Week features star-studded cast including Shnobu Terajima and American actor Josh Hartnett.
Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2017, 95 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.