Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th August

5 Aug 2018

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Courthouse Hotel Cinema

England, United Kingdom


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Our free Summer screenings have returned, and due to popularity we have added 3 extra days as part of our Pre-Summer Explorers programme!

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye opening documentaries,
discover something for everyone with our brand new season
of free Japanese cinema screenings.


Summer Wars  2.15pm (suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114min

Maths genius Kenji is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. He receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Will Kenji be able to crack the code and save the world from danger?

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 2) 4.30pm (English subtitles)

My Small Steps from Hiroshima   2016, 50min

Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This documentary recounts the life and work of Ogura and his fellow anti-nuclear activists.

The Phone of the Wind: Whispers to Lost Families  2016, 49 min

On a hill overlooking the sea in northern Japan is a phone booth known as the "Phone of the Wind". It is connected to nowhere, but many people come here to "call" their loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami…

Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min 

Young Masao decides to embark on a journey from Tokyo to Toyohashi, in Aichi, to find his long-lost mother. Keeping it a secret from the grandmother he lives with, his elderly neighbour Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) decides to accompany him on his trip. This is a timeless human drama by legendary director Takeshi Kitano.

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