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Whose Film Is It Anyway? Contemporary Japanese Auteurs, On tour

The Japanese movie scene moves faster than we can keep up with over here, so consider this a catch-up on names you might want to remember. Best known might be Yôji "Twilight Samurai" Yamada, whose family drama About Her Brother has been compared to Mike Leigh and Ozu, and Masayuki "Shall We Dance?" Suo, whose I Just Didn't Do It tackles a subway groping incident. As for the younger talents, Kenji Uchida weaves a Pulp Fictionesque web in A Stranger Of Mine; Miwa Nishikawa has scooped awards with her Dear Doctor, about a rural impostor, while Takatsugu Naitô's The Dark Harbour has been described as "a Wes Anderson social comedy set in a small Japanese fishing village." The programme tours seven cities, finishing in Nottingham on 28 Mar.

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