The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024/ Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema

Memories serve a powerful function in the mind. So fluidly shaped by individuals or time, whether consciously or unconsciously, memories seem to have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. Indeed, memories have a huge influence over people’s lives in good or bad ways, both in the present and the future. 

Taking an inspiration from the global cinematic landscape, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 will look into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed into the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from the film where memories are a focal point, to the works that they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds or behaviour. There will be a few cinematic examples of how life-changing incidents have left a long-lasting impact on those who survived.  

From human dramas to horror, from LGBTQ films to time-travelling comedy and stylish sci-fi, each film mirrors the Japanese society of the time it was made. Some are highly entertaining, while others are thought-provoking, ensuring there’s something for everyone by offering unforgettable moments with unforgettable content. Showcasing works by both seasoned directors and emerging talents, this programme will also present how versatile current Japanese films are and introduce filmmakers worth watching out for. 

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