Japanese Cinema at the Japanese Culture Festival



More details on the Japanese films screened as part of the Japanese Culture festival

University of Worcester, St. John’s Campus

All films screened in EE 1026. Admission Free.

16 January, 2016

yojimbo-poster12:00 – 14:00 – Yojimbo (Kurosawa Akira, 1961)

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. This movie is the seminal Kurosawa samurai movie which inspired A Fistful of Dollars.  110 min

14:00 – 16:10 – Akira (Otomo Katsuhiro, 1988)Akira-Poster-akira-13827694-1013-1500

The classic anime which first brought Japanese animation to Western movie screens. A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop. 124 min

Gojira_1954_Japanese_poster16:15 – 18:00 – Gojira (Hondo Ishiru, 1954)

Oh no! There goes Tokyo! Go, go Godzilla! The first, the original and the best kaiju! American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. 96 min

18:00 – 20:00 – My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki Hayao, 1988)My_Neighbor_Totoro_-_Tonari_no_Totoro_(Movie_Poster)

Classic Miyazaki, and considered one of his best films. When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. 86 min.

Poster_tokyo_gore_police_poster0120:00 – 22:00 – Tokyo Gore Police (Nishimura Yoshihiro, 2008)

If you’ve not seen this before, you’ve never seen anything like it! Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the “cutter” demographic, this is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father’s assassination. Ruka is a cop from a squad whose mission is to destroy homicidal mutant humans known as “engineers” possessing the ability to transform any injury to a weapon in and of itself. 110 min.


Worcester University Film Society Schedule

Worcester University Film Society screens their films in EE1026 on Tuesday nights, starting at 21:30. They invite you to join them! For more information, contact Matt Worthington (mw16@hotmail.co.uk) or look for them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/144845412223881/)
Date Type Film
25/09/2012 Recent Release Avengers Assemble
02/10/2012 Classics The Shawshank Redemption
09/10/2012 Foreign Cinema Submarino
16/10/2012 Member’s Choice TBD
23/10/2012 Recent Release Prometheus
30/10/2012 Classics Vertigo
06/11/2012 Foreign Cinema Seven Samurai
13/11/2012 Member’s Choice TBD
20/11/2012 Recent Release The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Remake)
27/11/2012 Classics It’s a Wonderful Life
04/12/2012 Foreign Cinema The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedes)
11/12/2012 Member’s Choice TBD
05/02/2013 Recent Release Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy
12/02/2013 Classics The Great Dictator
19/02/2013 Foreign Cinema Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
26/02/2013 Member’s Choice TBD
05/03/2013 Recent Release Avatar – Collectors Ed / Extended
12/03/2013 Classics Requiem for a Dream
19/03/2013 Foreign Cinema City of God
09/04/2013 Member’s Choice TBD
16/04/2013 Recent Release Moneyball
23/04/2013 Classics The Godfather
30/04/2013 Foreign Cinema Das Boot
07/05/2013 Member’s Choice TBD
14/05/2013 Recent Release Dark Knight Rises