Over 100 Years of Japanese Cinema at the BFI

The BFI celebrates over 100 years of Japanese cinema in 2020 with an outstanding collection of awe-inspiring filmmaking. This is the kind of storytelling we here at Ipswich Film Theatre live for, and we highly recommend taking advantage of the BFI Player 14-day free trial

Read the BFI’s release below:

In this major season we spotlight Japanese filmmakers who have inspired admiration and fascination around the world

We have long carried a torch for Japanese film here at the BFI. Since the first BFI London Film Festival opened with Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood in 1957, we’ve played a vital role in bringing the cinema of this culturally rich nation to UK audiences through our festivals, seasons, theatrical distribution, books and video publishing. In this major season we spotlight filmmakers who have inspired admiration and fascination around the world. We begin our story with Akira Kurosawa, and over the coming months we’ll present films from the Golden Age, a focus on Yasujiro Ozu, new wave rebels, the visionary creations of anime, the netherworlds of J-horror, and so much more from archive rarities to contemporary works and cult classics.

This landmark season will take place on BFI Player from 11 May onwards, with new online collections released each month, and we expect to present it at BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide later this year.