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Japanese film season

Japanese film season

10 Sept - 10 Dec

We are delighted to introduce a series of Japanese films to accompany the exhibition 'To Japan And Back Again'.

In the spirit of authenticity, staying true to the Japanese originals, 10 of the films will be screened in Japanese language with English subtitles. Only one film (My Neighbour Totoro) will be screened in an English-dubbed version. The series illustrates the development of Japanese cinema over the last 70 years and should have something that appeals to mainstream movie-goers and Japanese film aficionados alike.

For each film, the price is £5 a ticket.  The films start at 7pm but the Museum doors open at 6.15pm, to allow a visit to the exhibition beforehand.

Book your tickets here with Guernsey Tickets. 

The screenings are:


10th September:  Rashomon (1950)

Japanese language with English subtitles

Run Time: 88 minutes (Black & White, Live Action)

Rated: 12

The murder of a samurai and the assault of his bride are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.


17th September:  The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 130 minutes (Colour, Live Action)

Rated: 18

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.


1st October:  My Neighbour Totoro (1983)

English Language

Run Time: 87 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: U

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.


8th October:  Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 82 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: 15

In 2029, a cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful cyber-criminal called the Puppet Master who hacks into the brains of cyborgs to commit crimes.


22nd October:  The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 129 minutes (Colour, Live Action)

Rated: 12

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.


6th November:  Kamikaze Girls (2004)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 102 minutes (Colour, Live Action)

Rated: 12

Momoko, whose frilly Rococo-style clothing makes her the odd one in her rural Japanese town, ends up befriending Ichigo, a Yanki biker, and the two girls experience the ups and downs of being different from the norm.


12th November:  Steamboy (2004)

Japanese language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 126 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: PG

In 1860s Britain, Ray Steam - a boy inventor - finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power trying to fight evil, redeem his family and save London from destruction.


19th November:  Paprika (2006)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: 15

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.


26th November:  Redline (2010)

Japanese language with English subtitles

Run Time: 102 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: 15

The most dangerous, no-holds-barred intergalactic car race is held once every five years. Everyone wants their claim to fame - including reckless daredevil-driver JP - whilst organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee - but will she prove his undoing?


3rd December:  13 Assassins (2010)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 125 minutes (Colour, Live Action)

Rated: 15

In the era of the Shogun, a group of assassins, each with their own deadly skill, comes together on a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.


10th December:  Your Name (2016)

Japanese Language with English Subtitles

Run Time: 125 minutes (Colour, Animation)

Rated: 12

Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her quiet mountain town, she starts dreaming she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki suddenly dreams he is a girl in a rural town he's never visited...What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?