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Love and Other Cults – Film Screening and Q&A with director Eiji Uchida and producer Adam Torel

9 March — 6:00 pm

Friday 9 March 2018              6.00pm for 6.30pm

Room B202 at SOAS Brunei Gallery
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

Please note this event is now fully booked.
To register for a place on the waiting list, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

The keenly awaited follow-up to controversial satire Lowlife Love, Love and Other Cults (Kemonomichi) is an irreverent story that crackles with energy and style depicting the lives of marginalised youth and their struggles in contemporary Japan. Having fended for herself as a child, drifting from a negligent mother to an oddball cult and a druggie dropout community, when Ai meets Ryota, she wonders: could love be the cult that heals all?

Written and directed by independent filmmaker Eiji Uchida, the film deals with social issues such as child neglect, teenage gangs and the sex industry against a blackly comic background. This coming-of-age narrative fizzes with rich symbolism and explosions of colour and secures Uchida’s place as one of Japan’s most exciting young directors.

The main cast includes the talented Sairi Ito and Kenta Suga, who both started their careers as child actors and shed their “good kid” personas to play dark characters. Other cast members include the in-demand young actor Kaito Yoshimura (100 Yen Love), Sion Sono regulars Ami Tomite (Antiporno) and Denden (Cold Fish), award-winning actors such as Hanae Kan (Nobody Knows) and Katsuya Maigumua (Ken and Kazu) plus veterans such as Leona Hirota (Whispering of the Gods) and Yoshimasa Kondo (Welcome Back Mr Mcdonald).

After its successful presentation at film festivals in 2017, Japan Society is very pleased to offer members and friends the opportunity to attend a free screening of the film in London and to meet director Eiji Uchida and British producer Adam Torel. Dr Marcos Centeno, lecturer in Japanese cinema at SOAS, will conduct the post-screening Q&A session and discussion on the film, Uchida’s career and the state of independent filmmaking in Japan.

We are extremely grateful to Third Window Films for this opportunity and SOAS University of London for hosting this event.

Watch the trailer of Love and Other Cults.

Eiji Uchida
was born in Rio, Brazil to a Japanese mother, and returned to Japan in his childhood. Worked as a journalist for many major publications before becoming a film director. Made his debut with Gachapon in 2004 before going on to make a variety of features including Topless (2008), The Last Days of the World (2011), Greatful Dead (2013), Lowlife Love (2015), Double Mints (2016) and many more.

Adam Torel is the owner of Third Window Films, which is one of the UK’s largest distributors of live-action Japanese cinema, which was started in 2005. In 2012 he started producing films in Japan, starting with Sion Sono’s The Land of Hope (2012) then Yosuke Fujita’s Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats (2014) before two collaborations with Eiji Uchida: Lowlife Love (2015) and Love and Other Cults (2017).

Marcos Centeno, Ph.D. teaches Japanese Cinema and World Cinemas at SOAS, the University of London, where he is the convenor of the MA degree ‘Global Cinemas and the Transcultural’. Centeno obtained his PhD with the thesis Susumu Hani (1950-1960): The Theoretical and Practical Contribution to the Japanese Documentary and Youth Cinema which was the first anthology written on the figure of Susumu Hani, a study that sheds light on his period as a documentary maker as well as on his theoretical contributions. Centeno was Research Associate at Waseda University (Japan) and Doctoral Fellow at the University of Valencia (Spain) and he has also been visiting researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and Goethe Universität. His research focuses on documentary film, avant-garde, transculturality and representation of minorities in Japanese cinema.

In association with:

Centre for Film and Media Studies and Japan Research Centre


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