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Explore Japanese cinema at the ICA

Posted at 12:00 pm, February 10, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

As Japanese film continues to go from strength to strength, the ICA have responded with a superb week-long season of films exploring the work of some of the country’s most esteemed new directors. The season, entitled  ‘Whose Film Is It Anyway: Contemporary Japanese Auteurs’, features several films unseen by British audiences, alongside a number of recent festival successes. The highlights include ‘Heart, Beating in the Dark’ (above), Shunichi Nagasaki’s remake/sequel to his 1982 film about a young couple forced to go on the run, and ‘Bad Company’ a furious, hard-hitting look at life inside a rural secondary school in the early 1980s. There’s a portrait of a brutal family breakdown in cycle-of-abuse drama ‘Sleep’, and work from Hirozaku Kore-eda protégé Miwa Nishikawa in season opener ‘Dear Doctor’.

For info, see ica.org.uk.

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