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Japanese Touring Film Programme Screening Updates

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Includes Penguin Highway confirmed screenings in London, Derby and Kendal

More details have been confirmed for the touring programme of Japanese films, which will run from February 2 to March 28 2019. The programme will including the anime film Penguin Highway (screening details here) as well as several live-action adaptions of manga: Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, Kabocha to Mayonnaise (Pumpkin and Mayonnaise), Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree or The Scythian Lamb). There are more details of the films below.

The screenings at the ICA London can be booked here, including Penguin Highway (February 9, 4 p.m.); The Scythian Lamb (February 2, 6.20 p.m); Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari (February 3, 1.30 p.m.); Pumpkin and Mayonnaise (February 7, 6.30 p.m.).

The screenings at the QUAD, Derby can be booked here, including Penguin Highway (February 10, 6.35 p.m.); The Scythian Lamb (February 9, 9 p.m); Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari (February 9, 6.25 p.m.).

The screenings at the Brewery, Kendal include Penguin Highway (March 14, 8.15 p.m.) and Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari (February 7, 8.15 p.m.).

The screenings at the Storyhouse, Chester can be booked here, including Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari (February 24, 12.45 p.m.); Pumpkin and Mayonnaise (February 12, 6 p.m.).

The screenings at the Square Chapel, Halifax will include The Scythian Lamb (February 9, 8 p.m.), and Pumpkin and Mayonnaise (February 26, 8 p.m.).

Films from the Touring Programme will also be shown at the following venues, although it's not confirmed which will screen Penguin Highway: Phoenix, Leicester; Depot, Lewes; HOME, Manchester; Tyneside, Newcastle; Showroom Cinema, Sheffield; University of Stirling; Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Watershed, Bristol; Firestsite, Colchester; Broadway, Nottingham; Exeter Phoenix; and Eden Court, Inverness.

Of the live-action manga adaptations, Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari is the live-action film adaptation of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga. Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Stand By Me Doraemon) directed the film, wrote the script, and handled the visual effects. The manga's story centers on mystery writer Masakazu Isshiki, who lives with his wife Akiko in Kamakura, as they encounter strange incidents and creatures such as kappa and gods of poverty. The trailer below shows the main characters, the married couple Masakazu and Akiko Isshiki, and their encounters with supernatural beings.

Another film in the programme is the live-action adaptation of Kiriko Nananan's Kabocha to Mayonnaise (Pumpkin and Mayonnaise) manga. The manga focused on the relationship between Tsuchida and Seiichi, a couple living together trying to make ends meet. Seiichi is a musician and songwriter in a band that dreams big, and Tsuchida works at a clothing store to support them, but sometimes still thinks about her ex-boyfriend Hagio. Tsuchida follows the lead of a friend to work at a hostess bar for extra money, but gives in to the sexual advances of a client. When Seiichi finds out, the couple begin to grow more distant, especially after Hagio's sudden re-entry into Tsuchida's life.

Another film being screened is the live-action version of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree or The Scythian Lamb) manga. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that becomes the center of a secret government project. The project involves sending former convicts to live in the town, with almost no one in the town aware that they are former criminals. The story depicts the tension between the former convicts, whose intentions are unknown, and the citizens. Ryo Nishikido stars in the lead role as Hajime Tsukisue, a kind-hearted public servant who is one of the few who know about the government project central to the story.

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