Japanese Girls Never Die

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

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

9 March 2018 7:30pm

£8 standard
£7 concessions, £6.50 members

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Japanese Girls Never Die 
(Azumi Haruko wa yukuefumei アズミ・ハルコは行方不明)

Certificate: 15
Length: 100 min
Director: Daigo Matsui
Cast: Yu Aoi, Mitsuki Takahata, Taiga, Shono Hayama, Huwie Ishizaki, Ryo Kase
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.

A multi-stranded drama surrounding the disappearance of Haruko Azumi (Yu Aoi), a 27-year-old unmarried woman stuck in a dead-end job who goes missing without a trace. When Haruko’s missing person’s poster attracts the attention of two wannabe graffiti artists, her image soon becomes the unwitting face behind a pop phenomenon. Meanwhile, a mysterious group of high school girls begin attacking men at random around town. Are these events all connected to Haruko’s disappearance?

Director Daigo Matsui masterfully interweaves a series of stories and subplots through a nonlinear narrative, bringing the viewer back in forth in time, and drawing them closer to discovering the secret behind Haruko’s disappearance. Based on a novel by Mariko Yamauchi, Japanese Girls Never Die is an anarchic, vibrant and completely experimental critique of modern Japanese culture.

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Major Supporters The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, JAL Japan Airlines, Yakult Cultural Partners Modern Culture Sponsors in Kind IGA UENO

 

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