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Film, from 18 Feb 2018


firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant, arcaidimages.com

firstsite, photo: Richard Bryant, arcaidimages.com




1206 713 700


Lewis Gardens,
High Street,


Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

Programme Feb – Mar 2018

Oh Lucy (15) Atsuko Hirayanagi | Sat 3 Feb 3pm
55-year-old office drone Setsuko finds salvation in the form of John, an American teacher in a Tokyo language school with an unorthodox approach to teaching. When John abruptly quits and returns home, Setsuko sets off to the States on a journey of discovery. Find out more

Initiation Love (12A) Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Sun 4 Feb 2:45pm
In a love story with dark undertones set in late 1980s Japan, everything changes for Suzuki when he is forced into a long term relationship with partner Mayu. An imaginative film, ripe with 80s nostalgia and a storyline that keeps you guessing right until the end. Find out more

Birds Without Names (18) Japan Now Special Strand Kazuya Shiraishi | Fri 9 Feb 5:40pm
A subliminal thriller focusing on the twisted and loveless relationship between Towako, a despicable woman and Jinji, an uncouth but devoted man 15 years her senior. One day, everything changes when Towako discovers her ex-lover has been mysteriously missing for 5 years. Find out more

Joy of Man’s Desiring (PG) Masakazu Sugita | Sun 18 Feb 3:30pm
The story of siblings left orphaned after a huge earthquake strikes Japan, this award winning, beautifully poetic and humane film portrays the strong bond between brother and sister, and the process of overcoming loss. Find out more

Sing My Life (12A) Nobuo Mizuta | Sun 25 Feb 2:30pm
When eccentric and sharp-tongued grandmother Katsu is magically transformed back into her 20-year-old self, she embarks on a journey to become a pop singer. A cross-generational hit comedy charmingly uncovering one woman’s hidden desires. Find out more

Japanese Girls Never Die (15) Daigo Matsui | Fri 9 Mar 7:30pm
Cryptic graffiti appearing across town; a girl gang violently attacking men at random—are they all related to Haruko Azumi’s disappearance? This anarchic and vibrant drama follows the lives of women, from teenagers to twenty-somethings, in contemporary Japan. Find out more

Memoirs of a Murderer (18) Yu Irie | Sat 24 Mar 3:30pm
When a legal loophole allows a string of unsolved murders to pass the statute of limitations, the fame-hungry killer emerges in public spotlight announcing the release of his “tell-all” book. A huge domestic box office hit featuring an all-star cast. Find out more

MUMON: The Land of Stealth (12A) Yoshihiro Nakamura | Sun 25 Mar 2:45pm
The tale of Mumon, an invincible but carefree shinobi (ninja) whose actions soon find him involved in a deadly war with the son of the imperious warlord Nobunaga Oda. This fresh take on a period drama uncovers the untold nature of the ninja and features a host of fantastical martial arts tricks. Find out more

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Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 25 Feb 2018
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Mar 2018



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Map reference: TL 999252  Lat: 51.88968 Long: 0.90477

By Road:
Follow signs to the Town Centre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Colchester Town station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu