Touring Japanese Film Festival in Switzerland

Commemorative Project for the 150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Switzerland: Touring Japanese Film Festival in Switzerland

Cover of the Japanese Film Festival in Switzerland
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In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Switzerland, the Japan Foundation will present the Japanese Film Festival in seven major cities in Switzerland. The Festival will showcase a variety of Japanese movies, mainly classics and titles that have been hailed as masterpieces in the Japanese film history. In the meantime, we organize lectures to be given by a specialist/s on the related themes, too.

Furthermore, there will be a silent film screening, featuring silent-film narrator (katsudo benshi) Raiko Sakamoto with musical accompaniment by Joichi Yuasa (shamisen). Along with the films screening, we will introduce “benshi,” a very unique occupation or practice to Japanese culture, by presenting a benshi performance, in which a benshi will provide dramatic narration to the screened silent film and a musician is giving live play as well.
*We will later announce the dates for the benshi show.

Commemorative Project for the 150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Switzerland: Touring Japanese Film Festival in Switzerland

Dates Tuesday, April 1 - Monday, June 30, 2014
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Swiss-Japanese Society,
Association Suisse - Japon, Section Suisse Romande
Films Screened A total of 26 titles
Sadao Yamanaka: A Pot Worth One Million Ryo, Humanity and Paper Baloon; Akira Kurosawa: Drunken Angel, High and Low; Yasujiro Ozu: Tokyo Story, Late Spring, Early Autumn, An Autumn Afternoon; Shirô Toyoda: Wild Geese; Keisuke Kinoshita: Twenty-Four Eyes; Kenji Mizoguchi: Crucified Lovers; Mikio Naruse: When a Women Ascends the Stairs; Nagisa Oshima: Naked Youth, Boy; Masaki Kobayashi: hara-kiri; Tômu Uchida: Kiga Kaikyo - The Straits of Hunger; Kihachi Okamoto: The Emperor and a General; Shôhei Imamura: Profound Desire of The Gods, Black Raib; Kon Ichikawa: I Am a Cat; Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine, Kids return; Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Kairo, Tokyo Sonata; Hirokazu Kore-eda: Nobody knows, Still walking

*Please be noted that not all of the titles listed above will be screened in some venue cities.

Schedule

Basel
Dates Wednesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Venue Stadtkino Basel
Bern
Dates Thursday, April 3 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Venue Kino Kunstmuseum Bern
Geneva
Dates Wednesday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 14
Venue Cinémas du Grütli
Lausanne
Dates Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Venue Cinémathèque suisse
Lugano
Dates Thursday, April 24 - Thursday, May 22
Venue Cinema Iride
St. Gallen
Dates Tuesday, May 6 - Monday, June 30, 2014
Venue Kinok Cinema
Zurich
Dates Friday, May 16 - Monday, June 30
Venue Filmpodium Zürich

still photograph from Crucified Lovers
Crucified Lovers ©1954 Kadokawa Pictures

still photograph from A Pot Worth One Million Ryo
A Pot Worth One Million Ryo
©1935 NIKKATSU Corporation

still photograph from Boy
Boy ©Oshima Productions

still photograph from Kids return
Kids return ©1996 Bandai Visual, OFFICE KITANO

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