Japanese cinema has always featured heavily at Raindance.
This year we are delighted to showcase these nine features, shorts and Virtual Reality pieces.

A CRIMSON STAR

Up-and-coming debut director Aya Igashi conveys the bond between two lonely girls in a time of abuse and depression.

Screening and tickets
Thu 27th Sep 17:30
Sat 29th Sep 12:30

A SONG DOWNWIND, AND RAINBOW UPSTREAM (Short)

The three met again in the evening. One was afraid of expecting too much, another believed in their miraculous bond, and the last hurt somebody with their unthinking egotism. This is the tale of their mysterious relationship.

Screening and tickets:
Shorts Programme: International 1
Saturday 29th Sep 15:30
Saturday 6th Oct 12:30

BAD POETRY TOKYO

Bad Poetry Tokyo – 東京不穏詩 / Festival Promo from Anshul Chauhan on Vimeo.

Jun is a hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, saving dirty money to one day move to Los Angeles to become an actress. Having suffered abuse from her clients and a violent betrayal from her lover, she makes a return to her quiet hometown to escape the adrenaline of Tokyo.

Screening and tickets
Thu 4th Oct 17:45
Sat 6th Oct 15:30

FULLMOON

A compilation of intertwined snippets featuring various characters of diverse backgrounds from different parts of the world. Each of them is experiencing their unique lives, yet there are similarities between them. The stories are tied together with the underlying message that we are all connected.

Tickets and screenings:
Sat 29th Sep 17:45
Q&A with Yukihiro Shoda – Director, Motoki Tomatsu – Executive Producer, Takayuki Moriya – Executive Producer
Sun 30th Sep 12:45

LOVE AT LEAST

Directed by Kosai Sekine

The emotions displayed in LOVE AT LEAST might seem extreme to the uninitiated, but fans of Japanese cinema will recognise certain tropes. One of Tsunaki’s colleagues says she always wanted to work in manga, and surely there is something of that tradition in Yasuko’s fierce energy.

Screenings and tickets
Tue 2nd Oct 20:30
Q&A with Kosai Sekine (Director) and Shôri (Cast)
Fri 5th Oct 13:00

MATSUCHIYO – LIFE OF A GEISHA


Few are better placed to tell an audience than Matsuchiyo, a geisha for six decades who has no intention of retiring any time soon. Matsuchiyo tells her story in her own words, from a wartime childhood to the present-day, discussing how both she and the profession have changed in that time. The documentary is directed by her son, Ken Nishikawa, who returns to Raindance after presenting his debut feature, GHOSTROADS: A JAPANESE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL GHOST STORY, at the 2017 edition of the festival.

Ticket and screenings:
Wed 3rd Oct 15:00
Fri 5th Oct 17:30
Q&A with Ken Nishikawa (Director), Mike Rogers (Producer)

ROOM LAUNDERING

ROOM LAUNDERING Trailer (English subtitles) from PHANTOM FILM on Vimeo.

A Japanese law requires landlords to reveal when a previous tenant has died in the apartment, and how they met their end. To get around the impact this may have on property prices an unscrupulous gangster sets himself up as a ‘room launderer’.

Tickets and screenings
Thu 27th Sep 17:45
Fri 28th Sep 12:45

SELFIE STICK (Short)

Taking selfies around Tokyo can lead to some strange attachments.

Tickets and screenings:
Sat 29th Sep 21:00
Tue 2nd Oct 13:15

UMAMI (Virtual reality Experience)

UMAMI is a real-time animated Virtual Reality experience immersing the viewer into the story of a man rediscovering his memories through a series of traditional Japanese dishes, beverages and tastes: the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the salty and the UMAMI, the ‘delicious taste’ in Japanese.

Reserve your ticket here.
Raindance Gallery of Immersive Stories”
Saturday 6th Oct 09:30 – 5:30
Sunday 7th Oct 09:30 – 5:30

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