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Summer Explorers 3 - Free Japanese Movies in London July 2017

Date: 2017 July 01 16:10

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Fans of Japanese Cinema in London are in luck, for the Japan Foundation will be hosting a special summer film programme all about food. Over two Saturdays in London, they'll be filling the cinema screens with Japanese movies to get your mouth watering.

This is the third year in a row the Japan foundation have hosting free movies for all, so they've called it Summer Explorers 3. The movies are all free to attend, but booking is required. To book visit

Part One is on Saturday 15th July 2017 at the Prince Charles Cinema which will be showing Oyster Factory and Akanezora.

While Part Two is on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 195 Piccadilly and features Silver Spoon, There Is No Lid on the Sea and A Drop of the Grapevine.

As always we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Press release as follows:

June 26, 2017
For Immediate Release

The Japan Foundation presents
Summer Explorers 3:
A special free film programme all about food

Satisfy your appetite for Japanese cinema with this free series of mouth-watering movies all about food, exploring various aspects of food production through to consumption!

Over two Saturdays this summer in London, the Japan Foundation present a programme of film screenings at Prince Charles Cinema (15 July 2017) and BAFTA (22 July 2017), offering a colourful introduction into food culture in Japan. For people who are interested in learning Japanese, there will be some Japanese Language Taster Sessions held at BAFTA on 22 July 2017.

All the screenings are free to attend but booking is required. To book a place, please visit

Summer Explorers 3 – Part One (15 July 2017, Prince Charles Cinema)

Oyster Factory (Kazuhiro Soda, 2015, 145 min)
Located in the remote town of Ushimado in Okayama, where oyster shucking has traditionally been a job for local men and women, this documentary observes the Hirano oyster factory upon their decision to bring in two workers from China. (English subtitles)

Akanezora - Beyond the Crimson Sky (Masaki Hamamoto, 2006, 120 min)
Eikichi, a young tofu maker, ventures from Kyoto to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to open a tofu shop. Years later with the rock-solid business still going strong, Eikichi and his family are thrown into a critical situation that threatens to pull them apart. (English subtitles)

Summer Explorers 3 – Part Two (22 July 2017, BAFTA)

Silver Spoon (Keisuke Yoshida, 2014, 111 min)
At a vocational high school for dairy farming in Hokkaido, where students can try their hands at farming, city boy Yugo, whose decision to enrol was an attempt to avoid his parents and classmates, is struggling to adapt to his new "nature-oriented" surroundings. (English subtitles)

There Is No Lid on the Sea (Keisuke Toyoshima, 2015, 84 min)
In an adaptation of a story by Banana Yoshimoto, Mari, tired of city life, returns to her hometown of Nishiizu to open a shop selling her favourite childhood treat: kakigori (shaved ice dessert). As Mari finds that the nostalgic flavours help soothe the emotional wounds of her customers, she begins to come to terms with her own. (English subtitles)

A Drop of the Grapevine (Yukiko Mishima, 2014, 117 min)
In a film about soul food set in the picturesque Sorachi region of Hokkaido, anti-social farmer Ao tends a vineyard and dreams of making the perfect pinot noir, while his younger brother Roku grows wheat to make bread. One day, out of the blue, a friendly traveller appears and breathes new life into their days. (English subtitles)

Listing Information:

The Japan Foundation presents Summer Explorers 3 – Part One

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Venue: 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
Time: 12:00 to 17:00

The Japan Foundation presents Summer Explorers 3 – Part Two

Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017
Venue: 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
Time: 11:00 to 17:00

All the screenings are free but booking is required. To book a place, please visit

Source: The Japan Foundation
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