JFTFP24: Thousand and One Nights


JFTFP24: Thousand and One Nights

Thursday 14th March 2024

Tickets £5 / £4 concessions

Dir. KUBOTA Nao, Japan, 2022, 126 mins. Cast. TANAKA Yuko, ONO Machiko, ANDO Masanobu, Duncan. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Age guidance: 12A

Image credits: ©2022映画『千夜、一夜』製作委員会

Thirty years have passed since Tomiko’s (TANAKA Yuko) dearly-loved husband disappeared from Sado Island, a remote northern island known for being the site of a North Korean abduction in 1978. Unable to find closure, Tomiko continues to await his return, drifting aimlessly through life until she meets Nami (ONO Machiko). Nami’s husband (ANDO Masanobu) has also gone missing, but unlike Tomiko, she is actively seeking out the reasons behind her husband’s disappearance. One day, Tomiko happens to spot Nami’s husband around town…

Recalling IMAMURA Shohei’s sensational documentary, A Man Vanishes, this sharp human drama by former documentary filmmaker KUBOTA Nao compellingly contrasts the lives of two women left behind by their husbands’ disappearances. The detailed depiction of their complex emotions is owed to deeply profound performances from award-winning actresses TANAKA Yuko and ONO Machiko. Together, they ask whether people can truly vanish without trace, and whether those left behind can build a new life afterwards without being haunted by the memories of those who disappeared.

Dates & Times

 Thursday 14th Mar 2024  5:45pm
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema

YOKO – Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm
Thousand and One Nights – Thursday 14 March, 5.45pm
From the End of the World – Thursday 21 March, 8.15pm
The Zen Diary – Thursday 28 March, 6pm

Experience Japan Through Cinema
The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (JFTFP24), returns with its biggest showcase ever!

Memories play a powerful role in the mind. Shaped fluidly by individuals or time, they have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. The JFTFP24 delves into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from films where memories are a focal point to works where they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour. With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.

Organised by: The Japan Foundation
Major Supporter: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Sponsor in Kind: SUQQU, Athletia, Clearspring, Pentel

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