Japanese Film Screenings Overseas in March, 2009

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present and co-sponsor ongoing screenings of Japanese films at the following exhibitions and international film festivals around the world.

Regularly-presented Japanese film shows


A Wreath for Madame Kawakita
Dates: January 5 to March 19
Venues: Cologne (The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne ), Italy/ Rome (The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome)
Presented by: Japan Foundation, National Film Center, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art
Films Screened: Akira Kurosawa:Stray Dog, Rashomon, Ikiru, Nagisa Oshima: Violence at Noon, Boy, The Ceremony, Kaneto Shindo: The Island, Onibaba, A Last Note, Shohei Imamura: Intentions of Murder, Vengeance is Mine, Black Rain, Sumiko Haneda: Ode to Mt. Yahachine, Akiko-Portrait of a Dancer, Into the Picture Scroll, Kon Ichikawa: A Full-Up Train aka Crammed Streetcar, Conflagration, Her Brother, Yoji Yamada: Where Spring Comes Late, Tora-san’s Sunrise and Sunset, The Yellow Handkerchief, Seijun Suzuki: The Tokyo Wanderer, Branded to Kill, Zigeunerweisen

Japanese Film Festival
Dates: January 27 to March 18
Venues: United States/ Eckerd College (St. Petersberg), University of Georgia (Atlanta), University of Florida (Gainsville), Duke University (Durham)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, New York
Films Screened: Cure by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Killer’s Age by Kihachi Okamoto, Postman Blues by SABU, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs by Mikio Naruse, Mind Game by Masaaki Yuasa

Project “Sempre Cinema (Always Cinema)”
Dates: February 3 to March 19
Venue: Brazil/ The Japan Foundation, Sao Paulo
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Sao Paulo
Films Screened: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Mamoru Hosoda, Hinokio by Takahiko Akiyama, Always Sunset on Third Street by Yamazaki Takashi, Love and Honor by Yoji Yamada

Reality Fiction: Japanese Films Inspired by Actual Events
Dates: Feburary 6 to March 19
Venues: U.K./ Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (Feburary 6 to 12), Watershed Media Center, Bristol (Feburary 7 to 21), Queens Film Theatre, Belfast (March 2 to 5), Showroom, Sheffield (March 9 to 19), Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh (March 11 to 19)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Arts、Watershed Media Center、Showroom、Edinburgh Filmhouse、Queens Film Theatre
Films Screened: A Chain of Islands by Kei Kumai, Live Today, Die Tomorrow! by Kaneto Shindo, Face by Junji Sakamoto, Who’s Camus Anyway? by Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Chosyu Five by Sho Igarashi, Now, I…by Yasutomo Chikuma

South Africa Japanese Film Festival
Dates: Feburary 27 to March 22
Venues: South Africa/ Cape Town (Feburary 27 to March 1), Pretoria (March 13 to 15), Johannesburg (March 20 to 22)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in South Africa
Films Screened: A Stranger of Mine by Kenji Uchida, Breath In, Breath Out by Tetsuo Shinohara, Madadayo (Not Yet) by Akira Kurosawa, Kamikaze Girls by Tetsuya Nakashima

Touring Japanese Film Screenings in North Thailand
Dates: February 28, to March 7

Thailand/ Khun Yuam City Hall, and Municipality Hall (Mae Hong Son); Naresuan University and Chaloem Khwan Satri Junior High School (Phitsanulok); Payap University (Chiang Mai)

Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Films Screened: Unico by Toshio Hirata,Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers by Satoshi Miki, When the Rain Lifts by Takashi Koizumi

Japanese Film Screening in Phuket
Date: March 7
Venue: Thailand / Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town (Phuket)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Films Screened: Beat Kids by Toshi Shioya, What the Snow Brings by Kichitaro Negishi

Screenings of New Collections of JKI Film Library
Dates: March 16 to April 27
Venue: Germany/ The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne
Presented by: The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne
Films Screened: The Story of Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi, Ghost Pub by Takayoshi Watanabe、Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t by Masayuki Suo, 119 by Naoto Takenaka The Youth of Kamiya Etsuko by Kazuo kuroki

Japanese Films screening in Wellington
Dates: March 18 to 21
Venue: New Zealand/Wellington (The New Zealand Film Archive)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in New Zealand
Films Screened: Test of Trust Umizaru by Eiichiro Hasuumi, and other films

Celebration of Sakura and Japanese Spring
Dates: March 20 to 22
Venue: Thailand/ Bangkok (SFX Central World)
Presented by: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Films Screened: Closed Note by Isao Yukisada, Honey and Clover by Masahiro Takada, Maiko Haaaan!!! by Nobuo Mizuta, Yunagi City, Sakura Country by Kiyoshi Sasabe, The Makioka Sisters by Kon Ichikwa, Hana & Alice by Shunji Iwai


Retrospective of Nagisa Oshima
Date: September, 2008 to June, 2009
Venue: U.S.A., Canada/ Santa Fe (The Screen (January 16 - March 8)), Madison (Madison Cinematheque (January 23 - March 6)), Washington, D.C.(Freer Gallery(March 6 - April 26)), Washington, D.C. (National Gallery of Art(March 7 - 29)), Cleveland (Cleveland Cinematheque (March13-April 26)), Seattle (Northwest Film Forum(March 20 - 23))
Presented by: Cinema theque Ontario
Films Screened: Nagisa Oshima:Street of Love and Hope, Boy, Naked Youth, The Sun’s Burial, and other films

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