Initiation Love

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema

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Initiation Love
(イニシエーション・ラブ)

Certificate: 12A
Length: 110 min
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Cast: Shota Matsuda, Atsuko Maeda, Fumino Kimura, Takahiro Miura, Tomoya Maeno
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

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.

Portrayed in the classic music format of an “A-B sided cassette tape”, Initiation Love is a deceptive and entertaining love story with dark undertones set in late 1980s Japan. The story follows university student Suzuki (Shota Matsuda) and his life-changing meeting with Mayu (Atsuko Maeda), but the theme soon alters as it is flipped to side B. Suddenly Suzuki is transferred to Tokyo and the two are forced into a long distance relationship with many complications.

Imaginative and playful in its narrative, this craftily made film by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (20th Century Boys Trilogy) boasts a storyline that keeps you guessing right until the end – guaranteed to make you want to re-watch and catch what you missed the first time. Full of 1980s nostalgia, the film gives a glimpse into what life was like during this frivolous time.

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