The year 2020 holds a particular significance for Japan, as this summer will see the 2020 Olympic Games take place in Tokyo. To mark the occasion, celebrations of Japanese culture – writing, art, music and film – will be taking place across the UK this year.
From Godzilla to Studio Ghibli, The Great Wave and Haruki Murakami to the inimitable Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario – Japan has given the world some its most iconic and recognisable characters, art and cinema, with a lasting influence across creative media and popular culture.
In Sheffield, a host of film screenings showing the diversity and uniqueness of Japanese cinema will be taking place across February and March:
Japan Now North
Sheffield's own Japan Now North is a weeklong annual event celebrating the art, culture, literature and cinema of Japan. As part of its 2020 programme, it will present a selection of films around the theme of Futures at the Showroom.
Taking place 17–21 February at the Showroom cinema – see full details.
Japan Foundation Touring Programme
This annual programme introduces UK audiences to some of the finest Japanese films, featuring a lineup of titles that have never had a UK release – showcasing thrilling dramas and documentaries, anime and classic masterpieces.
The 2020 programme presents a chance to see some of the best work from one of the world's most exciting countries in cinema on the big screen.
Taking place 2–25 February at the Showroom cinema – see full programme.
Reel Steel Cult Weekender
This year's celebration of cult cinema features a chance to not only see classics from the dearly loved Studio Ghibli on the big screen, but also the rare opportunity to see these films screened on 35mm.
Among the weekend programme will be Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle, with full-weekend tickets (giving entry to all films across the weekend) including a 35mm film projection tour at the Abbeydale Picture House ahead of the screening.
Taking place 13-15 March at the Abbeydale Picture House – see full details.
Don't miss these fantastic opportunities to both discover and appreciate the incredible contribution and everlasting influence Japan has given to cinema.
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