TSUKIJI WONDERLAND NC110 mins - Japan 2016 - Subtitles - Documentary - Dir: Naotaro Endo
Featuring: Jiro Ono, Rene Redzepi and Theodore C. Bestor
There’s nowhere quite like Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Work begins before many people even head to bed, with the excitement really kicking off in the early hours of the morning. It is a place of gloriously organised chaos - thousands of people rushing around to secure the best fish for the seafood shops and restaurants of Tokyo and beyond. From the fast-paced tuna auctions to the small army of wholesalers tasked with finding the catches of the day, it is a place that buzzes with life and drama.
Naotaro Endo’s documentary spends time in the building that has hosted the world’s biggest fish market for more than 80 years Book Tickets
Sun 2 April - 6.15pm
HARMONIUM NC118 mins - Japan 2016 - Subtitles - Dir: Koji Fukada
Starring: Kanji Furutachi, Mariko Tsutsui and Tadanobu Asano
Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) lives with his wife Akie (Mariko Tsutsui) and daughter Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa). He operates a small workshop out of his house, and spends little time with his family except for during meals. One day Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), an old friend of Toshio’s, shows up at the workshop unannounced – he has just been released from prison and needs a job and place to stay. Without consulting Akie, Toshio hires Yasaka on the spot and moves him into the family home. This surprising action sets off an unsettling chain of events, which expose the cracks within the family unit and ultimately result in tragedy.
Koji Fukada’s sixth feature is a masterclass in the genre of slow-burn thrillers. Book Tickets
Mon 3 April - 6.15pm
DESTRUCTION BABIES NC108 mins - Japan 2016 - Subtitles - Dir: Tetsuya Mariko
Starring: Yuya Yagira, Masaki Suda and Nana Komatsu
Taira is a quiet but frustrated and angry young man who one day decides to leave his seaside hometown - much to the disappointment of his younger brother Shota. In a nearby city, Taira becomes increasingly violent and starts fighting random people on the streets. One teenager, Yuya, becomes fascinated by Taira, and joins him on his path of mindless destruction. Meanwhile, Shota attempts to track down his brother - eventually discovering a bloody trail of assault, kidnapping and worse.
Like a Fight Club for the social media generation, Tetsuya Mariko’s startling film is a provocative critique of modern disaffection and masculinity. Book Tickets
Tues 4 April - 6.15pm
A SILENT VOICE 12A129 mins - Japan 2016 - Subtitles - Dir: Naoko Yamada
Voices: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami and Aoi Yuki
As the new girl in a primary school class, Shoko Nishimiya is keen to make friends. But the fact that she is a little bit different – she can’t hear – makes her an easy target for class bully Shoya Ishida. One day Shoya finally takes things too far, resulting in Shoko’s mother transferring her to a different school and the rest of Shoya’s class finally turning against him. Five years later, the teenage Shoya is tormented by the guilt of his past deeds. He decides that he must seek out Shoko and try to make amends. But has he left things too late?
Based on a manga series by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a poignant coming-of-age story, which handles its themes of bullying and disability with both sensitivity and honesty. Book Tickets
Wed 5 April - 6.16pm