QUAD in Derby hosts a season of the latest films from Japan as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 in February. This year’s programme follows the theme ‘Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema’.

And Your Bird Can Sing (Advised 18) screens at QUAD, Friday 21st February at 6.30pm.
A coming-of-age story about three slackers in Hakodate, living a carefree life, but how long can they only live in the moment hangs over the trio as they begin to look at themselves and finally face their futures. Reminiscent of Richard Linklater, this is an adaptation of author Sato Yasushi’s novel.

Shadowfall (Advised 15) screens at QUAD, Friday 21st February at 8.45pm. Makabe, a professional thief who sneaks into people’s homes as they sleep, enters a home as always and comes upon an attempted murder by arson. The incident brings up painful memories that Makabe had been suppressing. 

Ten Dark Women (Advised 15) screens at QUAD, Saturday 22nd February at 1.00pm.
A black comedy / crime-drama. TV producer Kaze becomes paranoid, with ample reason, that his nine mistresses are planning on killing him. He turns to his shrewd wife, Futaba, who has long given up on their marriage.

My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler (Advised PG) screens at QUAD, Saturday 22nd February at 3.10pm.
Japan Pro Wrestling champion Hiroshi Tanahashi makes his acting debut as the gentle giant dad of 9-year-old Shota, who discovers his father is the despicable heel (bad guy) wrestler ‘Cockroach Mask’. He misleads his classmates into believing his father is the popular good guy Dragon George. A heart-warming tale featuring NJPW wrestlers Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Kazuchika Okada. 

Ride Your Wave (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD, Saturday 22nd February at 6.30pm.
Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love…… 

The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD, Saturday 22nd February at 8.35pm.
Kaoruko and Kazuaki have two children and a troubled marriage. One day, after their daughter almost drowns in a local swimming pool, they have an agonising choice to make, when a young doctor offers the chance of a miracle cure through new technology.

Bento Harassment (Advised PG) screens at QUAD, Sunday 23rd February at 2.30pm.
Single mother Kaori is being ignored by her rebellious teenager high school daughter. Exasperated, decides to take measures to communicate with her using her daughter’s bento boxes as her ‘weapon’ and also get some portion of revenge by creating embarrassing messages. Based on a true story.

Jesus (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD, Sunday 23rd February at 4.45pm.
9-year-old Yura moves from the city to a small town. Feeling lonely and isolated, Yura spots a small, silent Jesus Christ dancing on the altar during a school prayer session, which nobody else can see. Quickly he becomes a regular presence in the boy’s life and starts answering Yura’s prayers.

My Love Story! (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD, Sunday 23rd February at 6.35pm.
An adaptation of the unique girls’ manga following slapstick romantic antics of Takeo, a sincere guy, whose fierce-looking face and a hulking body look nothing like a high school student. His looks and awkward manner repel the girls – will he ever find romance?

Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler (Advised 12A) screens at QUAD, Sunday 23rd February at 8.45pm.
At Hyakkaou Private Academy, an elite school for the rich, gambling has replaced grades. This year, the ultimate prize is up for grabs a ‘blank future’ that allows the winner to do whatever they want after graduation. Based on the hit manga from Homura Kawamoto.

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 is organised by the Japan Foundation with Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU and the Japan Centre.

Cinema ticket prices are £9.80, £7.20 concessions, or £4 for those aged under 25. A Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Season pass is available for all eleven films, priced at £55, £50 Concessions or £35 for 16 to 25 years. To book ticket or for more information visit the QUAD website or call the Box Office on 01332 290606.