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.