Joy of Man’s Desiring

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

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

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£7 concessions, £6.50 members

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Joy of Man’s Desiring 
(Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo 人の望みの喜びよ)

Certificate: PG
Length: 85 min
Director: Masakazu Sugita
Cast: Ayane Omori, Riku Ohishi, Naoko Yoshimoto, Koichiro Nishi
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.

After a huge earthquake strikes Japan, young siblings Haruna (Ayane Omori) and Shota (Riku Ohishi) are left orphaned and homeless. Haruna is left traumatised by witnessing her parents’ death, while younger Shota is oblivious to the fact that they are no longer coming back. Soon Haruna and Shota are taken in by a relative, but even with a new house and new family, little can fill the void left by the parents and no one, including Haruna, can tell Shota the awful truth.

Director Masakazu Sugita, himself a survivor of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, crafts a tender and humane story focusing on orphans affected by natural disasters – a topic he decided to tackle following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Sugita’s poetic and tranquilly shot debut film received Special Mention at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, as well as being nominated for the Best First Feature Award in 2014.

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